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Outdoor dining to partially reopen on June 1

Devin Martin
Created: May 20, 2020 10:44 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that restaurants can open outdoor dining spaces on June 1 if they can accommodate social distancing and cleaning guidelines. 

"It's always been our goal to get to a stability in society where we're able to open up as much as we can," Gov. Walz said. 

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That stability is something Forager Brewery in Rochester is looking to follow as they plan to reopen their patio space on June 1. 

"We're super excited to open our outdoor space and I think that the decision that the government has decided to do is very responsible, and a respectful decision. We're super excited to operate within that," Austin Jevne, head brewer at Forager Brewery said. "It's exactly how we were going to operate if we were allowed to open inside, we wouldn't have done it. We would have just done outdoor seating for a while."

Austin says this is an important step to getting employees back to work. 

In addition to making each guest's experience memorable, they'll be working to make sure each guest feels safe.

"Our staff will be wearing masks, they're not going to be wearing gloves. But they'll be sanitizing their hands inside between each interaction. We're working with a company that will have our menus on phones," he said. "We're also going to have a payment plan on the phones so there's not a handing off of credit cards so we're trying to limit the contact." 

On the other end of town, Mr. Pizza South continues to serve guests through take-out options.

Since they don't have an outdoor dining space, they can't take part in the June 1 reopening option. But it hasn't stopped employees from making sure their guests have the cleanest space possible to get their to-go orders.

"We want to do everything that we can to keep our customers safe," Ryan Fulton, owner of Mr. Pizza said. "As long as we've been here, our customers are more friends and part of the Mr.Pizza family. They're looked at more like that than they are customers."


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