Greenville restaurant reverses course, will keep dining room closed

Published: May. 19, 2020 at 8:28 PM EDT
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A Greenville restaurant has changed its mind and now will keep its dining room closed.

On Tuesday, Clean Eatz on Red Banks Road decided to reopen its dining room, in defiance of Gov. Roy Cooper's executive order.

This morning owner Scott Mueller told WITN that they have decided to close their dining room and stick with pick up and delivery orders until Friday. He didn't elaborate on reasons for the change.

Earlier today, Greenville police said they were looking into complaints that the restaurant was allowing inside dining.

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce at 5:00 p.m. today that the state will relax restrictions placed on restaurants and bars.

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Greenville Police say that they are looking into complaints this morning about a restaurant that opened to inside dining on Tuesday.

Clean Eatz restaurant made the move in defiance of Governor Roy Cooper's executive order that prohibits that at this time.

It's a move that comes just days ahead of Cooper's possible relaxing of those restrictions.

The Governor will speak tonight at 5 p.m. and will be aired here on WITN.

Other restaurants in the state have been cited for taking similar action.

We'll let you know what action police take.

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Clean Eatz restaurant in Greenville opened its doors to indoor dining Tuesday ahead of an expected announcement Wednesday that restaurants would be permitted to do so this weekend.

Clean Eatz Owner Scott Mueller posted on social media saying, "If you want a place to sit down and eat in Greenville, come on by Clean Eatz. Tables are spread out, sanitizing surfaces, wearing masks, taking employee temps. We are ready and serving. If you don't feel safe, we will bring yours out to ur car. Otherwise, sit and eat like normal.

We talked with a worker at Clean Eatz Tuesday who said they did open.

Restaurants have only been allowed to serve takeout and delivery since North Carolina's Stay at Home order went into effect back in March.

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