Many downtown businesses that were closed during the protest Sunday began pulling boards off windows Monday morning as they began trying to restore some sense of normalcy.
Steven Hernandez, owner of Hernandez Mexican Deli on West Vine Street, said he was worried about his shop during the protest, and relieved it was ok. It was not boarded up. He was open for business as usual on Monday morning.
Puckett’s Murfreesboro, located on the square, also reopened Monday morning, said Terry Brown, who handles sales. The restaurant had closed early at 2 p.m. Sunday and workers had placed tables and other items inside the building, but did not board the front up. She said the people on the square were peaceful, and that the trouble was not caused by local residents.
“It’s not our people that caused the trouble,” she said.
Meanwhile, workers with City Café, located on East Main Street just off the square, began removing boards off the front and bringing newspaper racks and other items back outside, among other tasks.
The restaurant, which bills itself as the oldest restaurant in Tennessee still in operation, is still trying to get back to normal following the COVID-19 shutdown, owner Teresa Kellogg said. Since they reopened, sales have been a fraction of normal, and the requirement to keep tables six feet apart does not help with capacity, she said.
Before the protest, City Café had planned to be closed Monday and Tuesday because of slow sales, Kellogg said. That plan changed somewhat. Although she did not plan to reopen Monday, she said she aimed to do so on Tuesday.
Kellogg said she was proud of the way that Murfreesboro residents and business owners responded to the protests.
“We wall work together,” she said.