Grey Ghost reopens Monday after closing for COVID-19 precaution

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Just one day after reopening for dine-in service, popular Detroit restaurant Grey Ghost temporarily ceased operations over the weekend "out of an abundance of caution" after learning a team member tested positive for COVID-19. 

A representative confirmed to The Detroit News that the chef-driven restaurant has taken the necessary cleaning and testing precautions and reopened Monday at 4 p.m.

Exterior of the Grey Ghost restaurant.

The part-time worker had no contact with guests and did not work any shifts in the re-opened dining room, according to the restaurant. The employee did attend a pre-opening meeting June 24. Grey Ghost opened the dining room June 25 and learned of the positive test result June 26. 

While closed, the restaurant underwent a lengthy deep clean, which included an atomizing spray treatment. All employees in the building must test negative before returning to work. 

Downtown Ferndale's Imperial restaurant also closed for the weekend after an anonymous diner called Friday saying they tested positive and ate at the restaurant Thursday. The roadhouse-style taco and tequila bar said on social media that a professional cleaning service was hired and the local health department and staff were notified. 

Imperial, on Woodward just north of Nine Mile, also reopened at 4 p.m. Monday after the weekend closing. 

Also over the weekend, two Grand Rapids-area restaurants also closed because an employee at each tested positive for COVID-19. Butcher's Union restaurant and the B.O.B. — a multi-venue facility with restaurants, a brewery and other facilities — announced Saturday they would temporary close as a precaution. 

The employee hadn't worked a shift yet at Butcher's Union and was only in the building for a pre-opening staff meeting, according to statements made on social media. At the B.O.B., the worker that tested positive was "experiencing mild symptoms." All employees who worked with the COVID-positive employee are being tested and a "professional deep cleaning of the entire building is currently underway."

Both restaurants remained closed as of Monday afternoon, while special events and weddings scheduled at the Bob are still on the books. 

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