Maine restaurant owners get imaginative to keep visitors safe, warm – WCSH-WLBZ

20November 2020

Restaurant owners state they need to remain open to financially stay afloat. To do that they require to discover a method to keep guests safe and warm this winter season.

PORTLAND, Maine– “Your dream is not a permanently thing,” Ilma Lopez, the co-owner of Chaval in Portland’s West End area, stated.

Like many small business owners, she’s worried hers will not endure the pandemic. She’s likewise worried about keeping her personnel safe. Her team includes more than a lots individuals and she stated she feels a responsibility to keep them not just safe however likewise protect with a steady paycheck.

Lopez likewise wishes to keep dining establishment visitors safe. With help from her moms and dads, they built greenhouses that will be used for seating now and growing produce later on.

“I do not want our group coming into a closed area, “she described.”So we have the walkie talkie.”< div class="post __ section short article __ section_type_text utility __ text"readability="

35″> The greenhouses have heat, windows open on top and the sides, and they are sanitized and aired out between each appointment. Chaval was recently one of 9 restaurants awarded a grant to cover the expense of construction. The grant was from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Norway Cost Savings Bank, Coastal Enterprises, and

Community Concepts. That grant is different from the city of Portland’s new Winter Organization Sustainability Grant Program which introduced Thursday to assist keep tasks– offering grants of up to$10,000. On the other hand, individuals in

Bangor appear to be delighting in heated igloos at Lumber. Although they cost thousands to set up, the dining establishment’s basic supervisor, Suzanne Fletcher, states they’re a hit and are here to remain.

” [The dining alternative]

absolutely helps the profits and keep us where we need to be,” she stated. There are likewise igloos outside the Quarry Tap Space in Hallowell.

The owners state they may buy more however are reluctant to see what happens in the months ahead.

In Kennebunk, ice shacks are being utilized for little groups to eat at Batson River Developing


“A rainy day would simply tank us so having these to survive these months of cold and snow are truly huge,”Amy Caramanate, food and beverage director at Batson River Brewing, said.

To avoid as much contact as possible with personnel, they’re using a flag system. No matter where you attempt to dine in Maine these days, you’re likely going to need a booking ahead of time. And in a time when things can change fast, be aware of any cancellation policies.

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