After weeks of ordering carry out and delivery from their favorite restaurants, customers will once again be able to enjoy the dine-in services they have to offer.
Starting today, restaurants are allowed to open their indoor seating to 33 percent occupancy as well as open outdoor seating. According to Healthy at Work requirements issued by Gov. Andy Beshear, they must maintain social distancing protocols and keep tables six feet apart and more. At his Subway locations, Barry Saylor already has plans in place to accommodate the reopening guidelines. He plans to reopen his dine in services today for customers.
Saylor said he is off the charts excited to have customers back in the restaurant. He said the closure of dine-in services has been rough on his business.
“We were hit really hard. ... There were times we were down 50 percent,” he said. “It has been difficult for us as it has been for many.”
Tony York’s on Main in Glendale also reopens dine-in services today, beginning at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Normally able to seat about 99 people inside, owner Tony York said the inside capacity has been cut to around 33. There also is some seating on the porch and patio available.
York said the staff will be wearing gloves and masks, and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the restaurant for customers.
Though they are reopening dine-in services, York encouraged people to take their time returning.
“Come in when you feel comfortable. I don’t wish anyone to rush,” he said.
During the recent off months, York said they adapted by offering curbside and delivery service. He said curbside will continue indefinitely. He added the delivery service has become routine to several people, so he will continue to offer that until they no longer want him to.
York said he’s also had old friends calling from out of state, ordering food to be delivered to their parents. He said it’s been nice to reconnect with them and is one of the positives from an unfortunate situation.
York said he looks forward to his customers slowly returning to the restaurant.
Back Home Restaurant in Elizabethtown also is ready to welcome customers back, owner Lori Fulkerson said.
“We’re ready and here with smiles,” she said, noting they’re just going to take it a day at a time. They’ll be open at 33 percent capacity with some seating outside as well.
While many restaurants are reopening dine-in services today, Impellizzeri’s Pizza in Elizabethtown isn’t.
“We are taking a few extra and necessary steps we think need to be done to reopen to the public,” General Manager Robin Monroe said, noting customers should pay attention to the restaurant’s social media accounts for the reopening date.
“We didn’t want to go full force tomorrow and do something wrong or miss something,” Monroe said.
Monroe said when they do open for dine-in service, they will continue to offer the option of carry out, but the option for delivery, which they added to adapt during the closure, will be discontinued.
Until they open, Monroe said they will have extra training for employees. She said they also be will posting signage throughout the restaurant suggesting social distancing and handwashing. There will be several hand sanitation station set up throughout the restaurant.
The tables will be spread throughout the restaurant following social distancing standards. Monroe said single use condiments will be available, as well as disposal plates and silverware should a customer prefer it. Regular plates and silverware also will be available.
Monroe said they also will switch to disposable and QR Code menus.
When arriving to dine-in, Monroe said they are asking guests to have one person come to request a table. If there is a wait, they will be asked for their phone number and can wait in their vehicle, take a walk around downtown or whatever else until they are called.
With the limitation of 33 percent capacity, Monroe said that allows them to bring in about 69 customers at a one time.
Several restaurants throughout the area are sharing their reopening plans online. For information about any particular restaurant, go to their website, social media accounts, or give them a call.