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Burban Kitchen getting creative with how to keep customers socially distanced

One local restaurant is getting creative while being shut down due to the coronavirus. Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez shares how it involves a barn.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 10:25 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Local Chico restaurant - Burban Kitchen is temporarily closed but owner Dan Gonzales says he’s going to use this time to change up his business model and adjust to the new normal.

“I decided to close it this last week in the midst of everything happening around us and Butte County,” said Gonzales. “It’s also difficult to operate a restaurant in today’s times of social distancing.”

Burban kitchen has been open since October and has already faced many ups and downs.

“The restaurant concept succeeded and it showed that a new restaurant could be successful in Meriam Park and do well but with the pandemic,” Gonzales shared. “It requires us to pivot and that old model wasn’t going to be sustainable going forward.”

The new plan – to use a barn to expand his dining area.

“The plan is to activate the barn and have Burban cater to the barn and we can have tables that are spaced up 10 feet and seat up to 100 people if we wanted to,” said Gonzales. “We have also bought a beer cart to offer the barn for social events when that’s legally possible.”

The restaurant’s menu will also be getting a makeover.

“We are moving to a new model with the barn and open seating, more casual dining, and I think that’s the big takeaway is that we will move towards a new casual dining concept and chef Ann Leon will look for a new opportunity and her new concept,” Gonzales said. “It’s going to be exciting to see people seated and spaced apart and enjoying the barn and music and food.”

Gonzales says we could see this open in four to six weeks. The barn will be fully air-conditioned, with restrooms and individual wash stations. Burban kitchen will remain closed for the next few weeks.

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