Outdoor dining brings "sense of normalcy" to Rochester restaurants

Samantha Boring
Created: June 04, 2020 06:44 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - Even though dining outside is the only way customers can dine at restaurants right now, many are enjoying the sense of normalcy. 

"A big thank you to Rochester for helping us stay afloat during this time. It's been awesome the community support we've received and we're excited for the future," Ashley King said. 


King is the General Manager at Newt's North. The past couple of months Newt's has only been able to do delivery and takeout. The restaurant only had indoor dining, but now they are back and ready to serve customers. 

"Word of mouth is just getting out, and everyone is seeing that we do have a patio and it's as nice as it can be," King said. 

The patio was quickly put together thanks to Tom Haley at Haley Comfort Systems. 

"He donated actually all these tables and the tent, a bunch of chairs too. On the south side out liquor reps have definitely been helping us out too.  We definitely couldn't have done it without them," King said. 

Tables filled up quickly outside. "It feels great to be back to some type of normalcy. See people out and about smiling faces, and just interact again," said Krista Landgrebe. 

That sentiment is being shared across the board. 

"We are excited. It's the step in the right direction, absolutely. And hopefully we move closer to an indoor capacity," Natalie Victoria said. 

Victoria is one co-owner of Victoria's Restaurant and Wine Bar. She says they always look forward to patio season. 

"It's booming, I mean June 1 came. The weather was very cooperative. People are loving being able to come outside, being able to get back to some kind of normalcy. Patio season is always welcome in June in Minnesota," Victoria said. 

To see the customers again? "It feels normal it's a great feeling," Victoria said. 

A feeling that is helping to bring the community back to what it has always known. 

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