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Tallahassee restaurants prepare to reopen on Monday

Restaurants share plans to reopen on Monday
Businesses prepare to reopen
Posted at 11:39 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 09:22:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tables six feet apart and outdoor dining only.

That's how some restaurants in Tallahassee like Railroad Square Craft House will reopen for customers on Monday.

"Our tables are more than six feet apart now. There are far less tables."

Justine Spells says over the weekend, Railroad Square Craft House decided they would take part in 'phase one' of Florida's reopening Monday.

The decision is not being taken lightly.

Spells taking a poll from customers to see if they felt comfortable with it.

"We wanted to gauge the pulse of how people were feeling. We have a great ability to ask these questions and get answers from the consumers themselves," said Spells.

Spells says those answers were overwhelmingly positive. Their customers okay with the outdoor seating only for the time being.

On Tallahassee's Northside, community staple Salty Dawg Pub & Deli says they have been prepping for this moment for weeks.

"Come Monday morning we will be ready,'' said Patsy Harrell, co-owner of the Salty Dawg.

Ready for their customers to return, they are stocked with disinfectants. There are also offering several sanitizing stations.

Owners of the 33-year old restaurant say the only challenge will be making sure people don't come in all at once.

"We're going to have to you know monitior that. We're excited but knowing that there is a new challenge with everybody trying to come in. It's so... we don't want to turn anyone away but we know it's going to happen," Lana Radke, co-owner of the Salty Dawg said.

Although they are happy to see their customers, they will still be social distancing to keep everyone safe.

"We're excited to see who the first customer is going to be through the door on Monday," said Radke.