Oregon OSHA looking into Roseburg restaurants open for dine-in

Officials confirm they have several open complaints at this time.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 3:32 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2021 5:38 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Two more Douglas County restaurants have reopened for indoor dine-in, despite the county being in extreme risk.

Aaron Corvin, a spokesman for Oregon OSHA, told KEZI 9 News that they have open complaints against Blac-N-Bleu Bistro and MyCoffee, both on Garden Valley Boulevard in Roseburg. Corvin said the complaint regarding Blac-N-Bleu was made this week.

He also confirmed that there is also an open complaint against Casey’s Restaurant right now. The restaurant was fined nearly $14,000 in May 2020 after they reopened for dine-in against Gov. Kate Brown’s first stay-at-home order.

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KEZI 9 News went inside the restaurants Friday and saw people sitting down for a meal as if the county isn't in the extreme risk category. 

Sam Gross, the owner of Loggers Tap House in Roseburg said he understands why some restaurants decided to reopen against Gov. Kate Brown's orders. However, he said that's not something he would do himself. 

“I don’t fault anybody for trying to make the decision that's going to be best for them," said Gross. "I don’t wanna see any restaurants go out of business." 

Gross is also a small business advisor for the Umpqua Business center. He said he worries about the restaurants that have chose to reopen against the rules because of the consequences they could face.

He said they could face fines or lose their business liceneses. 

"Most restaurants are doing 5 to 10% of their sales as their profits and so one fine of $14,000 is probably going to wipe out more than a month of profits," he said. 

He said it's a risk he hopes other restaurants choose not to take. 

“I'm feeling pretty confident that we’re at the tail end of things," said Gross. "So if now’s the time where you’re going to try to open up, I think the rest isn’t going to be worth it.”

KEZI 9 News reached out to the owners of both restaurants, and both declined to comment.

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