Kettlestrings Tavern, 800 S. Oak Park Ave., has adjusted their hours to reflect peak times for delivery and carryout orders and closed their outdoor dining area. 

Monday through Thursday Kettlestrings is open from just 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with hours increased slightly Friday through Sunday. “I think it is going okay, but business is not as strong as we saw in the spring,” said co-owner Rob Guenthner.

While he can see the value of temporary closures for larger restaurants with significant labor costs, he notes Kettlestrings has a very small staff and can run lean, making it cost effective to remain open.

“We certainly are not making any money right now,” said Guenthner matter-of-factly. “But given where things are today, we are going to remain open for carry out.”

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