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Tres Hombres restaurant expands indoor dining

A popular restaurant in Chico is now able to expand its indoor dining services after Butte County moved into the state's orange tier.

Posted: Oct 23, 2020 6:19 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Restaurants and some other businesses are increasing indoor capacity as Butte County moves into the orange tier.

The owner of Tres Hombres says they’ve been getting ready for this and can’t wait to welcome more customers back into the dining room this weekend.

"Everybody is excited to provide more seats for people and be able to see old friends we haven’t seen in a while," said owner Michael Thomas. 

He says the road to get here, has been challenging. "Having someone else making decisions that you have to react to is really difficult and it's difficult being open if you're only going to do 50% of your normal sales."

But he says they are taking advantage of the new rules, while taking all the necessary precautions.

At the bar they have these plexiglass dividers that they can move in between the barstools to keep people safe.

And it's a theme you'll see all around the restaurant.  

But Thomas says the limited space inside doesnt allow them to completely get to that 50 % capacity.

"We can't get to that number it'll probably be about 45% because of the 6 feet rule in place."

He adds that being able to open more indoors and having people feel safe is their key concern and their main goal.

Tres Hombres Restaurant workers will add heaters all around here in the outdoor patio area as the temperatures drop.

Thomas says he has been able to bring back about 50 employees.

Right now the restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday. 

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