Statement from Jeff John, Chief Executive Officer, Damn Good Hospitality
At Damn Good Hospitality (DGH) our top priority is the safety of our employees, families and communities. When we decided to close our doors, before any government or city mandate, we did it with a heavy heart knowing it was in the best interests of everyone.
I commend our Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis and our Governor Ron DeSantis for making the tough decision to take early action on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Florida has been a top 10 hotspot in the country for COVID-19 infections, in particular Broward and Dade counties (which accounted for more than 50% of cases in the entire state). Due to the hard work put in by local residents and communities, Florida is beginning to open for business, in phases.
Mayor Trantalis created a reopening task force which I was grateful to be asked to be a part of. He is committed to reopening the city of Fort Lauderdale when ready. He understands that Broward is Broward and Dade is Dade, which is great news.
Our economy has been flipped upside down and unemployment has skyrocketed. Florida has been hit hard due to the fact that our number one industry is tourism and right now no one is traveling. As a State itself, Florida has a very large hospitality industry, therefore it is imperative to flatten the curve so we can emerge in a safe and sustainable way.
The city of Fort Lauderdale will start implementing Phase One of the reopening plan on Monday, May 18th. Some of our businesses will be allowed to open in Phase One and some will not. At this time our restaurants will reopen. Our larger DGH properties should be opening in later phases. Please note, just because the State of Florida approves openings of businesses, it does not mean that it applies to the City of Fort Lauderdale or Lake Worth Beach.
DGH’s plan will represent what we do to keep our guests, employees and community safe. The Plan relies on the best available science on sanitation methods, input and direction from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and infectious disease experts all working together. We will continue to refine and update this plan as we learn from the experts.
I really appreciate everyone’s efforts and dedication during these very trying days, we would not be here without all of you. DGH is dedicated to coming back bigger and better than before. It will take some time to do so, but we are focused and committed to doing just that.
Jeff John | CEO
Damn Good Hospitality Group
100 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Our restaurants, C.W.S. Bar & Kitchen in Lake Worth Beach and Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale (17th street location only) are currently open for takeout and delivery only. C.W.S. will reopen to the public on Wednesday, May 20 with 25% occupancy and outdoor seating only. Green Bar & Kitchen will reopen in similar fashion upon notification from the city and county.
Stache will continue to operate Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 6p.m. as a pop-up liquor store where you can stock and save on our DGH barrel picks and many other great bottles from the Damn Good vault.
Our Commitment to the Health & Safety of our Guests and Staff
In this new time of heightened awareness, we’re ramping up our health and safety procedures at all concepts, including our nightclubs and music venues even if they remain closed to the public. We’re strictly adhering to the CDC, state, city and county guidelines to ensure guests feel confident enjoying time at our establishments, while also protecting the health and safety of our staff members.We are all in this together and appreciate your cooperation while implementing these new protocols to protect everyone’s health and safety.
We look forward to showing you a Damn Good Time real soon.