MacDonald visits local restaurants affected by shutdowns

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald recently visited three Macomb County restaurants to talk with them about how the pandemic, the governor’s shutdowns and the ongoing restrictions are affecting their bottom lines.

“I’m extremely concerned about the effect of the governor’s repeated shutdowns and the current severe 25% capacity restrictions on the ability of our local restaurants to survive and continue to serve our communities,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “I recently visited three local restaurants to listen to the owners and operators about what life has been like for them during this pandemic. It was both heartbreaking and frustrating.

“They have made investments to protect their workers and customers and have shown they can operate safely, but they’re now seeing their family businesses and life’s work being put at risk — even though our weekly new cases are the lowest since early October.”

MacDonald met with The Pantry Restaurant owner Lisa Lauretti at her family’s restaurant in Sterling Heights, Sajo’s owner Jim Sage at his restaurant in Clinton Township, and Freddy’s Bar and Grill General Manager Joe Magolan in Clinton Township.

“Please keep supporting our local community restaurants,” MacDonald said. “Some of them are new and many of them have been here for generations. Regardless, they have all made an investment in our community, and they need our support more than ever.”


Editor’s note:
A video of The Pantry Restaurant owner Lisa Lauretti discussing the situation at her family’s restaurant in Sterling Heights is available by clicking on the screenshot above or by visiting MacDonald’s website at

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