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Despite Hardship, Atlanta Restaurant Owner Gianoulidis Wants Lockdown

You'd think that John Gianoulidis would be happy that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, which kept non-essential businesses and restaurants closed, would be lifted.

He's not, fearing it's too soon and that more tragedies could emerge, a prospect he told Mother Jones is more important than making money in the short run, if there's no long run for business.

 “Guys, this is about screwing the working class and small business,” he posted on Facebook, “not about helping us.” He has two diners, both called Kafenio, and a coffee shop, one business catering to Delta Airlines, which is barely flying for now.

“I’m just keeping my head above water,” he said, but thinks an all-out reopening of businesses is a big mistake.

He said the danger is too strong for restaurants to open even with strict health protocols he adopted to protect the workers after laying off 14. “It slows the pace of service, but, excuse my language, tough s–t,” he said. “I’m not an epidemiologist, so I’m going to take all the precautions that I can.”

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