Hoosier Hospitality Promise commits to safe operations during pandemic


By Sam Montgomery

To help the community remain safe as businesses reopen, the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association and health officials across Indiana have partnered with restaurants through the Hoosier Hospitality Promise.

Grindstone on the Monon has set up hand sanitizer dispensers in its restaurants to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Submitted photo)

To sign the promise, business owners must complete a COVID-19 hospitality training program and follow safety guidelines, such as requiring hand sanitizer stations at entrances and exits and sanitizing seating areas after each use.

“If a business is going to choose to be open, a business must be as responsible as humanly possible to safely execute,” said Troy Gregory, vice president of operations for Sun King Brewery. “Guests also have a choice to go to a place of business or not. If they decide to visit and feel comfortable at that business, then that business should take every possible step to assure that guests and staff are safe.”

Gregory said it was an easy decision for Sun King, which has locations in Carmel and Fishers, to become part of the initiative.

“We want the community to feel safe and have our community feel connected, together,” Gregory said. “The promise is in alignment with what we at Sun King already believe, so we are more than happy to support it in full.”

Blake Fogelsong, owner and director of operations for Clancy’s Inc., echoed the sentiment. Clancy’s operates Westfield’s Grindstone on the Monon and several other area restaurants. He said the restaurant’s primary goal is to make patrons feel safe.

“As a member of the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association, as well as serving on the board of directors, as a company, we’ve been deeply involved in trying to implement everything suggested from a local and national level,” Fogelsong said. “The Hoosier Hospitality Promise is a way to let customers know the steps we are taking to make them safe when dining in the restaurant.”

Learn more about the Hoosier Hospitality Promise at HoosierHospitalityPromise.com.


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