Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is receiving major pushback from hundreds of restaurants who have banded together in opposition of her recent coronavirus mandates.
A total of 400 eateries in Michigan have joined the push against Whitmer's lockdowns, according to Joe Vicari, president of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group. Whitmer recently extended a three-week pause that banned indoor dining and bar service.
"I called my restaurant groups in southeastern Michigan to band together," Vicari said. "We had about 400 restaurants come together. We're standing united. We want to get to a solution with the governor to reopen restaurants."
The group tried to resist the lockdowns by keeping their doors open, but were quickly threatened by authorities to close down.
"We learned very quickly it's hard to fight City Hall. When you work in an industry that is controlled by licenses, a food license and a liquor license that the state holds, you don't have a lot of say," said Rosalie Vicari, a co-owner of the restaurant group. "We, as restaurateurs, feel very confident that we've been following the protocols that have been established by the governor to make our restaurants safe."