Restaurants prepare for return of dine-in service

Many restaurants have had massive layoffs amid the pandemic.

Posted: May 8, 2020 6:28 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 6:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In line with phase one of reopening Lane County, some local restaurants and bars plan to open for dine-in next Friday but with some changes.

"Social distancing will have to be in place," said Joe Hawkey, a manager at Morning Glory in Eugene.

Since they closed their dine-in option, he said they have had to lay off over half their staff, but as soon as they can, they will be hiring them back.

"Everybody who is a part of our staff is important to us and has a role to play here," he said. 

Along with distancing, Hawkey said he anticipates they'll use outdoor seating more, stagger the booths, and run at half capacity which is around 25 people including staff.

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They aren't the only establishment excited to see customers again.

Trev's Sports Bar which sees most of their crowds flood in after games at Matthew Knight Arena and Autzen Stadium said despite the cancellation of in-person sporting events, they're looking forward to getting people in their restaurant.

Gov. Kate Brown said for restaurants and bars to allow dine-in they will need to follow guidelines like allowing six feet between tables and having servers wear masks, but Brittany Jackson at Trev's said they're taking it even further.

"We are sanitizing everything more," she said. "We'll be wiping down chairs, we'll have a bin for clean menus and a bin for dirty menus."

The earliest these restaurants will allow dine-in is Friday, May 15, pending approval from the governor. 

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