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Restaurants switching to indoor dining with fall season ahead

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 22, 2020 06:42 PM

Outdoor dining is something many of us have enjoyed this summer and is something new that restaurants have adapted to during this health pandemic. However, with the fall season starting, they'll be switching gears and will begin to use indoor dining more.

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"Outdoor dining this year has been our saving grace and I know it has been for all the restaurants in the area. We are very grateful for the nice weather that we got this summer," said Tony Bronson, the director of Business Development for Grandma's Restaurant Company.

"We've had some great tourism. I think a lot of the businesses have done well with social distancing and keeping the restaurants full," said Tom Cusack, the general manager of Burrito Union.

Outdoor dining has been the new norm this summer during COVID-19 to enjoy local restaurants safely. It has helped the dining industry a lot. With the weather cooling down, restaurants are making some changes to their indoor space.

"As you look around the Burrito Union we're now putting up the plexiglass between the booths," said Rod Raymond, the owner of Burrito Union.

Since restaurants are still operating 50 percent capacity, they are finding ways to make indoor dining safe by installing plexiglass. Restaurants like Grandma’s will be promoting take out and curbside orders again.

"We're hoping that people will kind of start doing the takeout and pick up business again which was very good for us this past spring," said Bronson.

"You're going to see more expansion of to go orders and you'll see more expansion of our curbside pickup, which means more focus on our kitchen on our culinary to make sure our foods are super tasty," said Raymond.

Restaurants also hope with the fall colors coming in and Bentleyville still happening, this will continue bringing in customers.

"We'll keep adapting that's the service industry and the restaurant industry in general on the whole is constantly always adapting to something new," said Cusack.

Restaurant staff say they will continue to extensively clean, disinfect, and require face masks to keep their establishments safe and will adjust to the new season and changes ahead.

"This upcoming season is gonna be a challenge we know that so we're going to follow what the health experts are telling us we can do," said Bronson.

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Alejandra Palacios

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