Kitchener Restaurants Reopen for Indoor Dining
Kitchener restaurants are allowed to open their dining rooms today for the first time since March when a nationwide shutdown was ordered to slow the spread of COVID-19. Much like outdoor dining, which has been legal since mid-June, Kitchener has a list of restrictions on indoor dining to minimize the risk.
The most talked about is the 25 percent seating capacity, which limits the number of customers a restaurant can serve at the same time. In addition, only four people can sit at a table, and the tables must either have 6-foot partitions between them or be arranged to allow 6-foot space between guests at different tables. Bar seating is not permitted.
Wearing a mask is mandatory: keep it on when you’re not at a table (it’s a good idea to put it on when a server is also approaching) Servers must wear both masks and face shields. Menus can be disposable paper menus, app-based, or written on a blackboard.
Cuba Libre in the old town AJ Alleyne / Cuba Libre
The following is a non-exhaustive list of Kitchener restaurants open for indoor dining this week. Some jump straight into the regular hours while others start with a few days a week. Reservations are required for some places. Given the rules discouraging lines and crowds, and limited capacity, it makes sense to make a reservation whenever possible.
Restaurants (and restaurants) that strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines will reduce the risk, but not eliminate it. For the latest information on coronavirus cases in Kitchener, visit the city’s website.
Vernick food & drink
Chris’ Jazz Café
Butcher & singer
Steak 48 (opening September 15)
Midtown Village / Gayborhood / East Market / Washington Square West
Bud & Marilyns
Bru Craft & Sausage
Reading Terminal Market (Center Court seating is open. No counter seating.)
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Old town and social hill
Red Owl Tavern
Continental (the Rittenhouse location is also open)
Cicala in the divine Lorraine
Clementine’s stable cafe
The fountain of happiness
Ralph’s Italian restaurant
University City and West Kitchener
Walnut Street Cafe
Booker’s restaurant and bar
Jane G’s Dim Sum House (the Rittenhouse location is also open)
Fishtown and Northern Liberties
Bourbon & Branch
Evil Genius Beer Company
Live all the way
Mimi’s Market & Café
Chestnut Hill Brewing Company
The little one
Valley Green Inn