Restaurant Owner Defies State Order In Michigan And Stays Open: ‘You Can Only Be Backed Into The Corner So Far’

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Dave Morris, the owner of D&R’s Daily Grind Cafe says he will not back down, according to Fox News.

“The suffering of the little people’s got to be told,” Morris told Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“This is several months of frustration. I think I’m speaking for a whole lot, millions and millions of Americans I’m speaking for here, our so-called leaders that are using our tax money to pay themselves while they are instilling policy on us to ruin our businesses and our lives.”

“You know, my business has been going through this for nine months and we haven’t had any cases.”

“This started out as a two-week ‘flatten the curve’. They asked us to cooperate with that. It went from that to shutting us right down for months. They have destroyed, I don’t know, maybe 3,000 businesses in the state are closed right now permanently, and there’s more to come.”

“You can only be backed into the corner so far, [before] we got to come out fighting here a little bit and I’m really frustrated with the way things are handled, particularly between the state legislators and my governor.”

“I had some hope and they were talking about a $2 trillion stimulus package to help the American people.”

“Instead, that money went in all different directions. It went to campaign donors, special interest groups, maybe a couple museums and it didn’t get where it was supposed to go. I never got any of it. And the small business owners like me never got any of it. That’s our money and I want to know what they did with it.”

From Fox News:

D&R’s Daily Grind Cafe, which is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. seven days a week, closed in the spring and reopened at half-capacity in June, which Morris said worked well for a few months. However, he claimed that when college kids went back to school, “everything exploded.”

Neither Morris nor any of his immediate family have contracted COVID-19, he said.

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Morris reopened his restaurant for indoor dining on Tuesday against state orders, and other local restaurants have done the same. Businesses that defy state rules may be subject to liquor license suspensions and citations, according to state officials, but Morris said he is “not worried about that.”

Morris applied for a Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan the first day it was available. The next day, his bank informed him that the funds were depleted. He and his wife have received a total of $2,400 since March.

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