Owner of Berwyn Restaurant Receives Unexpected Reaction to His Safety Measures

Kimberly McGuane
Image of 30 MAIN via Mike DiDomenico.

Mike DiDomenico, the owner of 30 MAIN in Berwyn, received strong and somewhat unexpected reactions after he posted his plans for pandemic-proofing his restaurant on Facebook, writes Jenn Ladd for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In preparations for the return of dining out, DiDomenico installed automatic paper towel and soap dispensers, foot-operated bathroom door openers, and loaded his menu onto an app for no-contact ordering.

To minimize risk for his customers and staff, he decided to take the temperature of guests and staff at the entrance, ask them several COVID-19-related questions at the time of the reservation, and mandate mask-wearing for everybody.

But when he posted those plans on Facebook, he received a litany of negative comments that went as far as linking his precautionary measures to something out of Nazi Germany.

“I never expected the kind of the pushback that we got, which is why we took some of that down,” said DiDomenico.

Now, he does not plan to not ask guests to wear masks or to check their temperature.

“At the end of the day, we have a business to run, so we’re going to try to keep everyone happy,” he said.

Read more about 30 MAIN in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.