UPTOWN — Ridman’s Coffee has temporarily closed its doors after staff members at the Uptown business were exposed to coronavirus, according to managers.
The coffee shop at 4758 N. Clark St. has been closed over a week. Business management posted on Facebook on Sept. 25 that it would be closing temporarily “due to staff exposure to COVID-19.”
Ridman’s shut down Sept. 26 and remained closed Monday. It is unclear what the nature of the exposure was or whether a staff member tested positive for the illness. A representative for the business said Monday that Ridman’s plans to reopen “this week.”
“We are an owner-operated business with a very small staff so we feel it is important to strictly adhere to the CDC guidelines regarding COVID,” Ridman’s management said in a statement.
Ridman’s is the latest in several Chicago businesses that have had to temporarily close because of coronavirus exposure.
Logan Square’s Longman & Eagle, Wicker Park’s Big Star, River North’s Recess, Andersonville’s Replay, Lincoln Park’s Galit and an Alinea pop-up in West Loop all have closed doors after employees tested positive for coronavirus.
City regulations do not require a restaurant to shut down after a COVID-19 exposure, however. West Town restaurant Etta did not close after multiple staffers contracted the illness.
Ridman’s opened at the corner of Clark Street and Lawrence Avenue in 2017, at what initially was to be the site of defunct cafe chain Bow Truss.
Management for Ridman’s said they will post updates on social media when there is an update on reopening.
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