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Restaurants around the region closing again due to Covid-19 concerns [Free read]

A look at what's open, and what is closed this holiday weekend (Port City Daily photo/FILE)
Restaurants have once again started closing due to Covid-19(Port City Daily photo/FILE)

CAPE FEAR REGION — When the State of North Carolina reopened restaurants for phase two of the Governor’s three-phase approach many people feared a resurgence of new cases — even with restrictions limiting capacity put in place.

Over the last several days, a number of restaurants around the region have announced they will again close their doors due to Covid-19 positive cases as well as some that are closing out of an abundance of caution for staff and patrons, even without positive cases in employees. Some restaurants, which had opted not to pursue curbside takeout during phase 1, are closing again after just a few weeks of phase 2.

While some restaurants have closed temporarily, others have simply amended their services to curbside options only.

This list is not comprehensive but will be updated if more restaurants amend their schedules. See a closure not listed here? Let us know in the comments or at

Copper Penny

Copper Penny has announced it will no longer be offering dine-in services for the time being. The announcement does not say if anyone from the restaurant has been confirmed positive.

You can view the announcement below.

Buzz’s Roost at the Beach

An employee at Buzz’s Roost at the Beach has tested positive for Covid-19 and the restaurant will be temporarily closing.

A Facebook post below announced the closure on Thursday.

Tower 7

After someone who was a confirmed positive for Covid-19 was at Tower 7, the restaurant will be closed until further notice. You can read the announcement from the establishment below.

JohnnyLukes KitchenBar

On Thursday, JohnyLukes announced on social media that it would be closing out of an abundance of caution due to Covid-19 cases on the rise in the area.

Rx Restaurant and Bar

The Castle Street restaurant announced it would be closing its doors after this weekend (June 19 — 21) to ensure safety. The announcement was also made on social media which you can view below.

Circa 1922

Ash Aziz’s downtown tapas restaurant reopened in late May but, just over two weeks later, reclosed its doors. There were no Covid-19 cases at the restaurant, but the management felt reclosing was the best option for public safety.

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