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Chico restaurants gearing up to reopen dine-in

Some restaurants are moving forward with reopening dine-in services while taking extra safety precautions.

Posted: May 14, 2020 8:24 PM
Updated: May 15, 2020 9:42 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Some restaurants are moving forward with reopening dine-in services while taking extra safety precautions.

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TRES HOMBRES

Tres Hombres is going on its 3rd week of curbside ordering, but the owner said he’s hoping to allow customers back inside very soon.

Owner Michael Thomas says they’re planning to put a plexiglass barrier up between the outdoor seating area and the sidewalK.

Thomas said they’re losing 50 percent of their overall seating and enforcing the 6 feet distance apart from customers.

Thomas says while tres is known for its big party seating areas, they have to limit that to only ten people per table and they have to take away bar seating.

He also says extra safety precautions will continue with employees wearing masks and gloves during services.

Thomas said he likes a slower open to making sure everyone is feeling comfortable and safe.

"I think Butte County is doing a really good job and that’s why we are able to do what we are going to do now and I want to make sure we stay sage doing that and having 50 percent occupancy is a huge challenge so at best you’re going to what cut your sales in half and still try to make a living out of it so that’s going to be the hardest part moving forward," Thomas said.

Thomas says they still have some kinks to brush out, like how customers will sign checks, and what days they’ll be open.

With the Chico State Students not coming back in the fall, he said he fears the downtown economy will be hit hard.

Thomas says they’re shooting to open their doors to the public by the end of the month, and curbside will still be active when dine-in is available – just place your orders at OrderTres.com

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SIN OF CORTEZ

Sin of Cortez still has curbside and its drive-thru open, but the owner said she’s hoping to open her seating inside very soon.

Owner Danielle Ius said she knows her business is capable of opening but she still wants to take it slow practice extra safety precautions.

Ius said she's more than confident they’ll be able to adjust to the CDC guidelines quickly.

They’ll be spreading out tables, getting rid of the waiting area, putting some seating outside, single-serve salt, pepper, syrup, and sugar.

She said they brought in stronger sanitation products to clean countertops and tables.

Ius said she’s comfortable reopening but is still figuring some logistics out.

"I'm ready to take on that challenge and I think so is everyone that works here they're ready and understand and want to stay safe from the public as well as keep the public safe and so we’ve been doing that for the last two months as Togo and so adjusting to dine-in will be an adjustment but I think we’ll easily be able to do it," Ius said.

Ius said she’s excited and looking forward to seeing some more of her regular customers when she opens for dine-in.

Ius hopes to reopen inside dining in the next week or so, the drive-thru is currently open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day.

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SOL MEXICAN GRILL

Sol Mexican Grill is now open for dine-in as of Tuesday.

Owner Geoffrey Akers said sales have been down about 50 percent, but he’s hoping they’ll see an increase since they’ve reopened their indoor and outdoor seating areas.

Akers said they’ve had to cut half of their seating and spread tables 6 feet apart.

Employees are wearing face masks and gloves and sanitizing regularly.

They’ve also had to take away the salsa bars and seating at the bar.

Akers said with his business continuing their to-go service, it was easy to prepare the seating area for customers.

"We have the space to spread out the tables it'll affect the overall numbers on a day to day basis but I think we are going to see people sheltering at home so we’ll see togo business stay steady we’ll see the dine-in traffic start to come back and we just home to see things coming back to normal," he said.

Akers tells me some of the challenges come from the food supply chain and meat shortages, as well as purchasing gloves that are now expensive and hard to find.

Akers said he’s looked forward to seeing his customers and familiar faces again.

Sol is open every day from 11 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday they stay open until 9 p.m.

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