Just as Michael Beltran was planning to reopen one of his restaurants, the county ordered it again to close.
At 11:12 a.m. Monday, the exact time chef Beltran’s public relations firm sent out a press release announcing the rebranding of his Coconut Grove restaurant The Taurus, the county mayor’s office sent out an email announcing Carlos Gimenez’s decision to close dining rooms again at all restaurants starting Wednesday.
“I’m a fiery, feisty fighter, but right now I feel beaten down,” Beltran said. “I feel like my soul has been sucked out of my body.”
The county mayor rolled back his “New Normal” reopening plan, Monday, announcing he intends to sign an emergency order to again close restaurant dining rooms, as well as gyms, ballrooms and short-term vacation rentals. The order would go into effect July 8.
Yet late Monday night, after speaking with several Miami restaurant owners via Zoom,