HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — Friday was the first day Kentucky restaurants can open at 33% capacity.
While some restaurants were eager to reopen their dining rooms, others are choosing to wait.
Tacoholics reopened its dining room. The restaurant stayed open for carryout and delivery, and owner Marcos Nicolas is excited to be back open for in-person dining.
Nicolas says while the dining room was closed, they maintained about 70-75% of their business and was able to to rehire most of his employees. He believes business will increase as the days go on, but he’s worried about the capacity limit.
“If more than 33% of people want to come in all at once, and we have to turn business away, that’s my biggest fear of it all,” he said. “We did everything that we’re supposed to to keep everything clean and disinfected. For our part, I think we’re doing really well and just try to keep all our customers safe.”
Rockhouse on the River co-owner David Osborn decided to wait to open. He says it would be harder to open on a holiday weekend, but Tuesday will allow the reopening to be more gradual.
The restaurant converted to carryout during the pandemic and also had 50-75% of their prior business during that time.
“We had a lot of people come out to the community and support us and it’s great to see those people. I was very surprised, it’s nice to know that we’ll be able to sustain and move through this this time,” Osborn said.
Osborn says they will have to adapt to each table differently and have been having staff meetings to prepare. They look forward to welcoming customers back inside.
Eastgate Family Restaurant opened Friday morning. Manager Crystal Ellis says it took about a week to prepare the restaurant to meet Governor Andy Beshear’s orders to reopen, and she’s so happy to see her regulars.
“We will continue doing carry outs and have dine in with limited seating of course. We’ve already had people calling this morning wanting to know if we had room for them. I told them to come on in,” Ellis said.
(This story was originally published on May 24, 2020)