Georgia Restaurants Allowed to Reopen Dine-In Services
GEORGIA RESTAURANTS CAN REOPEN THEIR DINE IN AREA, BUT MANY IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS OPTING TO STICK TO CARRY OUT
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp allowed restaurants to reopen on Monday, but there are strict guidelines that companies have to follow. Many restaurants are choosing to ease into their reopening process.
“We just want to go into it slowly and we want to do the curbside delivery and order through our app, just so we can get our doors back open and our employees back to work,” says Mamma Goldberg’s Area Coach, Daniel McClain. “As far as opening up our dining area for eating in, we’re going to ease into that over the next couple of weeks.”
Some restaurants in downtown Columbus have yet to reopen. Cantina Bar & Grill is opting to keep their dining room closed.
“I just want to take all the measurements and all the precautions before we let people come inside,” says Owner of Cantina Bar & Grill, Marlene Lemieux. “If there is a table of four, we really just want to sit two people. On our outside patio, instead of doing 6 feet apart we are doing 8-9 feet apart.”
Both Momma Goldberg’s and Cantina Bar & Grill are allowing outside seating. Just living off of carry-out orders wasn’t going to be enough to keep Cantina Bar & Grill open much longer.
“Two more weeks of just relying on the phones ringing and waiting for Waitr and Uber to pick up a meal… it wasn’t going to be viable much longer,” said Lemieux.
“Going more towards the safety of our employees and the customers first and then. From there, trying to do what we can to be in business,” said McClain.
Lifted restrictions on their business is bringing some life back to their company.
“This at least gives me the opportunity for people that are walking on a beautiful day, they see the sign, they see it’s open. They can come in and have a meal or a drink outside,” says Lemieux.
“They want to be out. Getting a little bit of normalcy while still being safe as possible,” said McClain.