Restaurant restrictions ease, but some owners wish they could make the decision for themselves

Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 1:58 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

As restrictions for indoor seating at restaurants were changed yesterday, being eased up throughout the state, these small business owners are thankful they are lessening, but wishing that they weren’t there at all.

When asked if the new dine-in orders will make it easier to do business, Depot restaurant co-owner Mary Jackson stated, “It will help people not be upset with us by being able to seat eight people now rather than six. People like to sit in big groups these days so if they want a party of 10 or 15 we’re still having to do two or three tables opposed to what normally would have been one to two depending on where they sat. Some of that’s been a challenge and we just do the best we can to get through it.”

Jackson says the Depot’s outdoor deck was extremely helpful in them having a busy summer despite restrictions, but going into winter are unsure how it will affect their business. Jackson noted, “I just hope they all get lifted. Everybody should be responsible for yourself. If you’re truly uncomfortable please stay home. I understand that, it is what it is. I love our restaurant, I love our people, I love waiting on people. But if you’re uncomfortable please stay home. Just know that we do everything that we can to keep everything really clean.” The Depot has hired several employees on staff just for extra sanitizing measures.

Trailhead restaurant has been affected in a different way by the restrictions as there is no outdoor seating there. Rowena Bland, co-owner of the Trailhead emphasized the cleanliness that has always, and still is, present in their eatery.

Bland stated, “I’m an adult, I don’t need my government telling me what to do, how to run my business, that I need to wash my hands, that I need to keep my building clean, we did that anyway. In the restaurant industry, it’s kind of the norm, it is the norm, you sanitize, you deep clean.”

The Trailhead is now closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the first time ever due to lack of staffing.

Both restaurants have installed plexiglass dividers in necessary areas, one with the help of city officials investigating the mandates placed on these small businesses. The owners are very thankful to their customers supporting them in this time, and continue to offer to-go orders. Call ahead to see when curbside delivery is available.

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