City Side Restaurant/Jester’s In Brewer Has Closed
When I was a kid, my grandfather and I used to go get spaghetti and meatballs over in Brewer just about every Saturday. Back then, I don't think the restaurant was called City Side, but it was in the exact same location. As long as I can remember, there's always been a restaurant in that spot. But not anymore, according to WABI - TV5.
Employees of City Side and the attached bar called Jester's, woke up to a text message from the owners saying that they were closed. Which they found kind of crazy because they had all just worked the night before. When showing up to the business, folks were greeted with a sign announcing they were closed for good.
The sign on the door stated that business has not been strong enough since opening back up, to recover from the coronavirus shutdown. Many businesses around Maine, as well as this area, have suffered big time from the fallout of COVID-19. With limited indoor seating, and takeout as the options, some eateries just won't be back.
It's also a rough time for employees to be laid off, as the extra federal benefit expires this week. And honestly, there doesn't seem to be a lot of help on the way from the federal government. But again, owners also shouldn't have to continue to lose money to keep people employed.
Of course, we wish nothing but positive things for everyone involved, and that new jobs, or unemployment, or whatever, comes quickly for them. And that the owners can find some peace as they move through all this. But I think we can all agree... at this point, 2020 can pretty much go fly a kite.