Some KY restaurants change as they reopen from pandemic

Posted at 5:40 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 07:38:44-04

ERLANGER, Ky. — Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, restaurants in Kentucky are reopening their dining rooms to customers, but some restaurants are handling the reopening process differently than others.

Colonial Cottage in Erlanger is having a soft open on Friday before reopening on Saturday, and owner Matt Grimes said he plans on enforcing social distancing within the restaurant. There were other new measures he planned on enforcing on his customers and his staff members.

One new measure is making customers wait in their cars until their table has been sanitized and is ready. Another is training his staff on proper cleaning procedures to make sure those tables are sanitized properly. Grimes also said he will work with his staff about handling the different COVID-19 related concerns other staff members and customers may express.

"I have to teach my staff how to address the majority of the different anxieties that occur or that people have," Grimes said. "Some people are going to come in without a mask and they're going to be cavalier and I understand that, I get that. But we can't. We have to be safe..."

While Colonial Cottage is reopening in time for the weekend, the restaurant will not be offering Sunday brunch buffet, in accordance with orders from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.