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Tennessee's tax free weekend at restaurants underway

Tennessee's second tax free weekend of 2020 focused on restaurants
Customers at Chef's Market in Goodlettsville take advantage of the tax free weekend.
Posted at 8:16 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 21:16:41-04

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN — If you are still finalizing your weekend plans, you have a chance to save some money while supporting your favorite restaurant.

All food and drinks at restaurants are tax free during the state’s second sales tax holiday weekend of 2020. This comes one week after shoppers saved on back to school items like clothing, school supplies and computers.

The Tennessee General Assembly approved a second tax free weekend in an attempt to provide a boost in sales and support for the restaurant industry. Restaurant owners said the timing is perfect.

"I think it's a positive thing for us," said Jim Hagy, co-owner of Chef's Market in Goodlettsville. "Last week, people saved on school supplies and clothing, and this week they have a little more to spend so maybe they can splurge and eat out."

Like many restaurants across Middle Tennessee, Hagy says Chef's Market has suffered financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to keep customer and employees safe, the dining room is now set up to allow for social distancing, cleaning is a top priority, and masks are required. The restaurant has also started offering curbside pickup.

"There is probably one in every 100 people who come in without a mask," said Hagy. "Everybody is so gracious, and we are grateful for their support."

The tax free weekend began at 12:01 a.m. on August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. It includes the sale of any food or drinks at restaurants and limited service restaurants.