But what Lourey tends to recall from that day July 17, 1982 are the saving graces. Their shrewd purchases and diligent maintenance enabled them to sell their equipment at auction for more than they’d originally paid. And when the auctioneer saw that she was heartbroken about losing the family’s young colt, he abruptly announced it wouldn’t fetch enough of a price to be worth taking down the driveway for bids.
Bartender Cole Downing wears a mask while cleaning at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 11, 2020.Visit ‘s homepage for more stories.Arkansas was among the first states to allow bars to reopen this week following coronavirus closures, but not all bar owners in the state agree with the government’s decision. Spoke to two Arkansas bar owners on Thursday who said they plan to remain closed for the time being, especially since the state is seeing cases rise again.While the state never issued a stay at home order for citizens, bars were among the group of businesses ordered on March 19 to shut down to slow the spread of COVID 19.Related: Bumper Tables Are the Best Social Distancing InventionAnd on Tuesday, after more than nine weeks, Arkansas bars were allowed to reopen at 33% capacity, alongside other restrictions like spacing tables ten feet apart and requiring customers to wear face masks until they are served a drink.Numerous bars in Little Rock are reopening this weekend, with many more planning to reopen in early June, with the new safety restrictions in mind.Though the weeks of mandatory closure has financially damaged many Arkansas bars, some have decided to stay closed because of the threat reopening poses to public health, and the fact that restrictions would still make it hard to break even.Reopening just to scrape byConan Robinson is the owner of Four Quarter Bar in Little Rock, Arkansas.”I’m trying to take everything with a side of caution,” he told . “We have a couple employees who have asthma and underlying conditions.””Their health is a priority to me.”Robinson also said it didn’t make sense to reopen when the restrictions the government laid out would still make it hard for him to make money.”It seems counterproductive for me to open up, have my employees come back to work, just to kind of scrape by at a 33% profit margin,” he said.”It’s almost like opening up to tread water and not to drown and on top of that risking the health of you and others for that little bit of money.”Bar owners are ‘up against the wall’Bo Counts, the owner of Pinpoint Fayetteville, a pinball bar, also worries about his staff.”As tough as it is to try and figure out how to get these bills paid .