State lawmaker wants Monroe County to reopen amid COVID-19 pandemic

Business struggle due to closures

Rich Kenny owns Forest View Recreation Bar & Grill in Temperance.

TEMPERANCE, Mich. – Rich Kenny owns Forest View Recreation Bar & Grill in Temperance.

It’s not your normal bowling alley. It features volleyball and outdoor activities. But it’s struggling geographically because it’s closed due to coronavirus restrictions and customers can go a few miles to Ohio and find the competition open.

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Kenny used the time closed to institute safety measures and make some major renovations to get the customers back.

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State Rep. Jason Sheppard is pushing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to look at Monroe County separately when considering what can reopen in the state.

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