Restaurant Owners, Regulars Celebrate Return Of Indoor Dining – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – Monday was the first indoor night for some restaurants in Pennsylvania after being closed for three weeks due to COVID restrictions. Indoor restaurants, gyms, museums and casinos are just a few of the businesses that are allowed to reopen.

Eyewitness News stopped at a popular Bucks County restaurant that isn’t on the menu yet.

Monday night marked the first time since December 12 that diners could eat at Isaac Newton’s bar and restaurant.

“It’s really hard because this is our busy time of year,” said manager Kevin Brawn.

As part of the governor’s COVID security restrictions, restaurants have been closed for indoor dining.

Those who have self certified can now open at 50% capacity, with a popular part still missing to avoid crowds.

“The bars are still closed. You’re not allowed to physically sit at the bar, ”said Brawn.

Even so, and other security changes like plexiglass barriers and masks, everyone is just grateful to be back.

“This has been here for 30 years and has a very strong base of repeat customers who keep coming back,” Brawn said.

“This is the closest thing to a cheers bar in this part of the country,” said client Alan Jett.

Jett has been coming here for 28 years, noting the community we have all lost during the pandemic.

“The loneliness, the loneliness, the inability to get out and do things,” Jett said.

“It’s hard for everyone,” said Amanda Tumolo.

Tumolo has been working here for almost four years. She says sales have declined by nearly 50%, as have tips that customers don’t lose.

“We tip over every time we are on the go, even if we are to take away,” said customer Tammy Schnieder.

Despite the changes, employees and customers are doing everything they can to stay open and secure.

“I was a high school soccer coach for a long time and I teach my kids to play the rules, tell me the rules and I’ll play by them and that’s what we’re doing right now,” said Jett.

Alicia Roberts from CBS3 reports.

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