Brandon Ristaino

Bar owner

Bar owner

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This week, bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries in California were asked to close immediately, and restaurants to offer delivery or takeout service only.

Last call: How long can bars survive without business?

This week, bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries in California were asked to close immediately, and restaurants to offer delivery or takeout service only.

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