Redding restaurants plan to expand sit down services to outdoors

The City of Redding is making it easier for restaurants to reopen for dine-in but with one big difference.

Posted: May 21, 2020 6:32 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The City of Redding is making it easier for restaurants to reopen for dine-in but with one big difference. The city is now allowing restaurants to expand its dine-in service to outside areas.

Corbett's Restaurant in reopened its doors not too long ago, but like a lot of restaurants it’s not at full capacity.

“Once everybody is aware that we're open we're going to start getting busier,” said Zabrina Zimmer, a server at Corbett’s. “We're looking into what we need to do to prepare for that.”

Under relaxed rules restaurants, bars, and breweries can move table services to private parking areas or even sidewalks next to the business.

“Those areas make for good seating areas as well,” said Larry Vaupel, Development Services Director with the city. “We have some of the best weather in the country so we have to take advantage of that.”

Corbett’s says it has plans to add outdoor seating right behind its restaurant. Meanwhile, Woody’s Brewing Company already submitted its application to expand to outdoor seating.

“We are connected with the antique mall, so we can use that particular area,” said Scott Wlodarczyk, owner of Woody’s Brewing Company. “We also have a parking lot across the street which we can utilize.”

Wlodarczyk tells Action News Now by expanding to outdoor seating, he also hopes to bring back more workers that he laid off at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It'll bring more hours to those who are now employed and to new employees too,” said Wlodarczyk. “It will them bring up to full time and they'll have plenty of hours.”

The City of Redding says it is working Alcoholic Beverage Control to include alcoholic drinks in the expansion. The city adds the permits are expected to last through August.

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