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Restaurant adapting to changes during the holiday season

A typically busy time between the holidays may not be the case for some restaurants this year as COVID-19 concerns and precautions remain.  But one area restaurant has found a way to adapt to the health pandemic's challenges and restrictions.  Jason Estes, the owner of Sonny's Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay, says his restaurant has seen a considerable increase in take-out and deliveries this year.

 

 

Estes notes that although larger parties and gatherings are not happening, smaller tables of six people or less are enjoying a meal safely with socially-distanced tables and masked staff in the restaurant.  Since outdoor dining is not practical this time of year, Sonny's has experienced longer wait times to accommodate customers inside.   Estes says customers have been patient while bussers are clearing and sanitizing table settings after each use.  Like other establishments, Sonny's has had challenges finding enough staff to fill all the shifts.  Estes credits a bigger labor pool for the restaurant staying open all year long.

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