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Area restaurants remain optimistic for the future of foodservice amid pandemic

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- It has been over a month since dine-in restrictions were lifted for restaurants in Iowa.

Now many Siouxland managers say they are seeing many changes in the way business is run.

Those restaurant managers say many new and returning customers have flocked to their establishments since reopening.

"People were really ready to get out of the house I think, so we've picked up quite a bit, it's been pretty great," said Four Brothers Grill & Bar Manager Amanda Rhymer.

In that time, customers and foodservice employees have had a somewhat altered experience in those businesses.

"We are able to have some larger parties now, but we are still maintaining the six-foot distance in between tables, so we're not at full capacity just because you can't do it," said Wheelhouse Bar & Grill Manager Jim Brown.

"Our staff is required to wear the masks at the front of the house and anytime they are addressing any guests in the building. It's been really good, though, so far," said Rhymer.

A bright spot some managers say is the optimism for the future among customers and employees alike.

"I could see the governor reducing that six-foot distance, so then we could bring our tables back and we can go to full capacity. We are adding an outdoor seating area in a couple of weeks," said Brown.

"Being able to open up at 100% would be nice, but I really like the idea that we could give the guests the perspective of being safe here and being able to come here and know that we are taking all of the precautions," said Rhymer.

Some managers say if restrictions continue to be lifted, they will still have their employees wear masks to ensure maximum safety.

Libbie Randall

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