SUMMIT, NJ - Shut down for two-plus weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases among its staff, Roots Steakhouse in Summit is set to reopen November 28. Harvest Restaurant Group Owner / CEO Chip Grabowski confirmed via email to TAPinto Summit that the restaurant will, indeed, reopen for business and operate per to its normal business hours of:

Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Mondays - Saturdays); 12 - 4 p.m. (Sundays)

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Dinner

4 - 10 p.m. (Mondays - Thursdays); 4 - 11 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays); 4 - 9 p.m. (Sundays)

The restaurant closed on November 12 amid reports of several employees testing positive for the virus, the circumstances of which became a hot topic on social media. The City of Summit and the Westfield Regional Health Department issued a health advisory stating that any persons spending time in the bar area at Roots in Summit November 3 - 12 were advised to obtain a COVID-19 test, and that those dining in another part of the restaurant or outdoors were advised to consult a physician.

According to Grabowski, guests returning to the restaurant will encounter some new protocols. All guests will have their temperature taken and also be required to answer the following questions:

  1. Have you traveled in last 14 days?
  2. Do you have any of the (detailed) COVID19 symptoms?
  3. Have you tested positive for COVID in the last 14 days?
  4. Have you been in close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID?

Grabowski also noted the restaurant is in the process of setting up a testing program for staff members. Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy instituted indoor dining curfews as the state's COVID-19 numbers spiked to record levels.