Local eateries reflect on first week back offering dine-in services


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s been less than a week since restaurants in Alabama have been allowed to open their doors for dine-in services.

Both Black Market Bar & Grill and Tostadas staff are taking safety precautions and hoping to make up some of their losses.

Black Market Bar & Grill is taking things slow with this being the first week people can dine in.

 “We’ve had a great turnout of all of our regulars and people in the area,” said Rachel Moore, General Manager Black Market Bar & Grill.

With markings covering the patio grounds indicating 6 feet distances between each table, staff says safety is their biggest priority.

“We just have a lot of extra cleaning every hour we are doing disinfecting bleaching and sanitizing,” added Moore.

She also said thankfully guests have been understanding of the new changes.  

“Everyone’s pretty good at knowing not to sit down at the tables till we clean them and following the rules. We’ve never had a hostess before in 11 years and we do now,” said Moore.

 One Birmingham resident, Darren Shibley said he missed socializing and spending time out and being away from home. Shibley also tells CBS 42 that he is in sales and not being able to see customers has been a big challenge.

Tostadas in Homewood says the turnout hasn’t been the same for them since they’ve been allowed to let people dine in.

“On a Friday night before all this our in house dining would be full. We would have a full dining room and right now no one is in here, but our patio every seat is taken,” said Hal Craig, Owner Tostadas   

Craig adds that staffing has been a problem and now that he can afford to bring all of his employees back, some are choosing not to return.   

“With the unemployment in the incentive they are getting an additional $600, so some of them are making a lot more money than they were making before,” said Craig.

Tostadas owner also says they are hiring.

“We are hiring right now if you need a job come to Tostadas,” said Craig

Black Market Bar and Grill staff said after monitoring how things go during the next few weeks and they hope to start letting people enter the bar again.


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