Downtown Franklin businesses working to stay open with safety measures in place

Bars and restaurants in downtown Franklin are working to stay open amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bars and restaurants in downtown Franklin are working to stay open amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bars and restaurants in downtown Franklin are working to stay open amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Residents in Williamson County have seen widespread closures as local and national brands have shut their doors to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in the region.

However, while foot traffic in downtown Franklin is down, patrons can still be seen on the streets and local businesses are still trying to stay open, albeit with reduced capacity and safety measures in place.

Local restaurants and bars, such as McCreary's Irish Pub and Eatery and O 'Be Joyful, are still open as of March 18, offering lunch and dinner menus.

Jon Sherman, an employee with O' Be Joyful, which is a sister company to Gray's on Main, stood outside the bar's doorstep to let people know they were still open. He said the restaurant and bar is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control but is still seeing regular customers come in to show support.

"We're a part of the community, and we're trying to stay that way," Sherman said.


While nearby Davidson County has issued orders to shutter bars and limit restaurant seating to reduce the chance of exposure, Williamson County officials have not yet issued similar orders; however, the county has closed local libraries as well as recreation and agricultural center facilities.

Residents can find further updates on local businesses here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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