Celebrity chef Rick Bayless wants more $$$$$ from you.

Chicago chef Rick Bayless, who operates the Frontera Grill and other acclaimed Mexican restaurants, says his business is at 45% of pre-COVID-19 levels, and that restaurants across Chicago are in danger of closing without federal relief. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

No, Covid-19 by itself did not put restaurants on the brink of bankruptcy. It was and still is those destructive lockdowns and other daggers directed businesses imposed by the fear mongering likes of Illinois Gov. J. B Pritizker.

But as the Chicago0 Tribune reports:

“Celebrity chef Rick Bayless says omicron will devastate Chicago restaurant industry without federal relief: ‘Nobody knows what to do at this point.’

The story neglects to talk about the destructive impact of the beyond-reasonable government restrictions on the restaurant industry, not to mention on every business and every American. Just another example of today’s journalism’s habit of screening out important information that fails to conform to their given wisdom.

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Tags: Bayless, COVID-19, restaurants


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  • Bayless knows Chicago (and Crook County) restaurant blues are the result of Jumbo Pritzker, Leisure Suit Lori, and Toni Taxwinkle's insane, non-science dictates - as usual

    But he's looking to loot the national purse because he doesn't want to risk calling out the real problem creators - after all, it's the Chicago Way to deflect self-induced problems to others, and if you don't go along with that, there will be a price to pay for telling the Emperors they've been the problem all along

    Get your money from THEM Rick - they can afford it, there's been enough waste of national taxpayer money on all this baloney already

  • Not the FL restaurant industry. And not here in SC. No vaccine passports, masks totally voluntary, sometimes a week’s wait for reservations to restaurants like Bayless’. What’s the common denominator here? Lockdowns or the absence of and scare tactics of the populace.

  • In reply to Got out of IL!,:

    As anticipated by the Medical University of South Carolina’s COVID-19 tracking team, new data show that Omicron has peaked in the Charleston Tri-county area. It hit a pandemic high of 416 cases per day per 100,000 people on Jan. 15. It has steadily fallen since then. Over the last seven days, it dropped another 22% to 230 cases per day per 100,000 people.
    “The curve looks like the Empire State Building to me,” said Michael Sweat, Ph.D., leader of the MUSC team, referring to the updated graph. The same holds true for all four areas the team tracks, including Florence, Lancaster and the Midlands.
    “But I just can't stress enough how high the rate still is, though. I mean, that's a big number of people getting infected every day. I worry people are going to see the statement that things are declining rapidly and not be careful at this period where there's are a lot of cases occurring.”
    Adding to his concern is a record rise in another metric he keeps on eye on. The number of COVID patients in MUSC Health’s Charleston hospitals is now 178, up from 174 on Jan. 25 and 161 on Jan. 24. The numbers include patients in Ashley River Tower, the Institute of Psychiatry, University Hospital and the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.
    “It's a large proportion of the overall number of people in the hospital. Every one of those people, for some period of time, has to be isolated, and it takes a lot of effort and time to treat somebody in isolation. So it's a really big burden on the hospital,”

    Dr. Michael Scott

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Glad we don’t live anywhere near Charleston or Florence. Our county in the CSRA is pretty clean .

  • By the way, played 18 holes yesterday, went out to early dinner with neighbors, restaurant and bar were packed, line out door when we left and saw one mask the whole day. Gassed up car at $2.80/gallon. How’s things in IL? Am I missing anything?

  • Rick got the money in the first round....gosh, I wonder why HE got money but so many small restaurants didn't/couldn't....sounds like this whole thing has run on clout rather than need, but that is the Chicago/Democrat Party Way

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