Liz and Jesse Huot took stock of the situation and knew something had to give. The result of their deliberations is a tactical pause for Grind Burger Kitchen (829 E. Market St. in NuLu). Reporter Haley Cawthon has the story at Louisville Business First.

‘We hit a wall’: Grind Burger Kitchen to temporarily close

There’s no eloquent way to say it, Liz Huot lamented, “It’s just exhausting.”

Huot owns Grind Burger Kitchen, Oskar’s Slider Bar and Smør Nordic Bakeri with her husband Jesse. Earlier this week, they announced they would be taking a “temporary hiatus” from Grind, their flagship eatery, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on its staff’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

This one sentence summary applies not only to the Huots, but serves as an industry-wide assessment: “There are a dozen reasons why but mostly we’re all just so exhausted.”

Let’s reiterate that Grind’s break is only temporary.

We plan to be back open before Halloween at the latest and in the meantime we will be expanding hours at Oskar’s, planning some plated dinners, getting the bakery ramped up (and the construction for the new location started!) for what is always a super busy holiday season and letting Grind have a little rest for our sanity and the health of the business as a whole. We’ll miss you all but will be back before you know it and if you haven’t tried Oskar’s please come see us soon!