Dothan restaurant gears up to open after Ivey’s order

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Governor Kay Ivey’s announcement Friday morning has left some restaurants in Dothan scrambling trying to figure out what to do to be ready.

The amended Safer at Home order goes into effect on Monday, May 11, and allows restaurants, bars, and breweries to open with limited table seating.

Normally, The Blue Plate operates with 45 employees, but now, only 21 of those employees are at work, and they are looking to add 10 more in time for the reopening.

“We are very excited to reopen, obviously, we would like to reopen at 100% because for a restaurant to make money you pretty much have to have 100% occupancy, but 50% is better than 0%,” owner Chris Bradshaw said.

The restaurant is gearing up to operate under the new order, and that means the tables are set 6ft apart and table settings will look different.

“Nothing on the table, everything is single-use including menus, so salt pepper shakers, ketchups all that stuff that used to be there won’t be there,” explained Bradshaw. “We will use more disposable products.”

Bradshaw said they wish could be open for in-restaurant dining for Mothers Day, they’re just ready for next week.

“Mothers day is one of our biggest days of the year, and we definitely wish that it was happening by Mother’s Day, but we will take what we can get,” he said.

The Blue Plate will be opening Monday from 11 in the morning until 8 p.m., and as a precaution, employees will be having their temperatures taken every time they come in for work.

They are asking customers who feel sick or may have been exposed to the virus to stay home and continue to place to-go orders to keep everyone safe.

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