Omicron COVID cases temporarily close Charlotte restaurants

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A Charlotte steakhouse and sushi restaurant join a list of other businesses that have temporarily closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Oak Steakhouse on Sharon Road in SouthPark has said on its social media sites that it is closed until further notice, while O-Ku Sushi at Atherton Mill in the South End is closed Friday and Saturday. Both restaurants are part of the Indigo Road restaurant group, based in Charleston.

The temporary closures are “due to staff issues due to a recent spike in COVID cases,” according to the restaurants’ social media sites.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 18,571 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the largest single-day increase since January.

Anyone who made reservations would be contacted by phone or through the OpenTable reservation app, depending on the restaurant.

Indigo Road officials could not be reached immediately for comment on Friday.

Other temporary closures

Several other Charlotte businesses have also temporarily closed this week amid the spike in COVID-19 cases linked to the omicron variant, CharlotteFive reported.

The Lunchbox Records music store on Central Avenue closed Monday to test its employees after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and planned to reopen on Wednesday.

NoDa Bodega also closed for five days to clean up after a few employees tested positive for COVID. It was planning to reopen on Wednesday.

Moxie Mercantile also closed on Tuesday after several team members missed spending the holidays with their families due to COVID-19 concerns. The store plans to reopen on Tuesday, January 4.

And Comedy Zone Charlotte has canceled its upcoming New Years Eve shows with Jeff Dye after several staff members tested positive for COVID.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is the retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.

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