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Updates: Montgomery County Restaurant lawsuit against indoor dining ban will be heard Wednesday

The lawsuit against Montgomery County’s most recent indoor dining ban brought by the Restaurant Association of Maryland with several local restaurants signing on as Plaintiffs will be heard on Wednesday.

Despite contact tracing data showing that many cases within Montgomery County have come from indoor dining, as well as additional data and guidance from the CDC and elsewhere, these restaurants argue that there isn’t sufficient evidence to warrant indoor dining closure.

The restaurants who have signed on in the lawsuit are:

  • Silver Diner – Multiple locations
  • Outta the Way Cafe in Rockville
  • Gringos & Mariachis – Multiple locations
  • Olazzo – Multiple locations
  • Duck Duck Goose in Rockville
  • Trattoria Sorrento in Takoma Park
  • Social Heights Restaurant, LLC which owns Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda
  • DTI, LLC which includes restaurants like Cava Mezze
  • Medium Rare in Bethesda
  • Il Pizzico in Rockville
  • BTI Hospitality, LLC which includes owns Julii
  • Coty Group, LLC, Quincy Group, LLC, The Rat Pack of MD, LLC, The Rat Pack of MD II, LLC which owns Quincy’s South in Rockville
  • Bassett’s Restaurant in Poolesville
  • Raw Bar LLC in Baltimore
  • The Barking Dog in Bethesda
  • Potomac Pizza in Chevy Chase, Potomac, and Traville
  • Clementine Cafe in Chevy Chase
  • D.G. Holdings which owns Raku in Bethesda
  • Sheger Spring Cafe in Silver Spring
  • Palisades Lounge in Silver Spring
  • Barrell and Crow in Kensington
  • JMGM Group LLC which owns Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg
  • Clare, Inc which owns Lahinch Tavern in Potomac
  • Unique Asset, LLC which owns Persimmon in Bethesda
  • Tally-Ho Restaurant in Potomac

Correction: An earlier report listed RW Restaurants instead of Tommy Joe’s. This article has been corrected.

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Montgomery County Restaurants join Restaurant Association of Maryland’s lawsuit against Montgomery County

According to Bethesda Beat reporting, 35 restaurants in Montgomery County have signed on to the lawsuit brought forth by the Restaurant Association of Maryland. RAM successfully reversed a similar order in Anne Arundel County so they have moved to reverse orders in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

I am very sympathetic to small businesses and how they are barely surviving during the pandemic, but to risk more lives is unconscionable. County health officials have analyzed contact tracing data to determine that enough cases of the coronavirus were transmitted during indoor dining to warrant suspending indoor dining. What we need is federal funding for small businesses, not corporations, and pandemic assistance to individuals so that they can afford to support small businesses. Montgomery County is facing a budget deficit due to funding several grants and programs related to the pandemic. I’ve argued previously that tax hikes are needed instead of austerity measures.

While 35 restaurants in the county have signed onto the lawsuit as Plaintiffs, only a few are currently known: Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, Duck Duck Goose in Bethesda, and Seibel’s Restaurant and UpTown Pub in Burtonsville.

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