REDDING, Calif. – Shasta County is in the most restrictive tier for the first time.
But outside of the Damburger, a longtime Redding Restaurant, people were already lined up outside before its 11 a.m. reopening time.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Damburger kept its doors closed for several months.
“There was not a lot of guidance in the beginning of how to safely operate,” said Juliet Malik, one of the owners of Damburger.
“Once we had some good guidelines from the state and county, we put a plan in action and reopened.”
The Redding restaurant managed to stay afloat thanks to PPP loans, but it did have to cut some costs.
“It's definitely cut-in,” said Malik. “We're okay and as long as we can keep going the way we've been going, we think we'll be okay.”
With Shasta County now moved into the purple tier, businesses like restaurants can only do outdoor dining. But even as the county faces more restrictions, Damburger keeps rolling with the punches.
“We chose a method of being open we thought that we could sustain, regardless of what the conditions were in our county,” said Malik.
Damburger’s keeping its indoor dining area closed, using it as a preparation area for cooking and deliveries. But hope they can welcome customers inside soon.
“I really look forward to the time when we can operate were supposed to,” said Malik. “Damburger is not just a burger for people, it's a place to get together.”