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[Western Colorado | July 2020 | By Kathryn R. Burke]
There are just so many choices, all depending on state, county, and city mandates as well as restauranteurs’ decisions about how best to serve customers. Western Colorado eateries are faced with ever-changing regulations for waitstaff and patrons, all of it extraordinarily confusing and contradictory. Masks? Gloves? Hand sanitizers at the door? On the tables? What and how often to wipe down and disinfect? Distance between tables, chairs, diners? Happy Hour or not? Order online or by phone? Pick-up orders inside or curbside?
It’s a conundrum. Six months into Covid, and we still don’t have any concrete answers.
Dining on Remington’s deck at The Bridges comes with incredible San Juan views.
Faced with these questions, restaurant owners have come up with creative, innovative, sometimes amazing solutions. During the total shutdown, Tammee Tuttle of the True Grit Café in Ridgway provided groceries as well as take-out. [Related story.] Once golfing was allowed again, Eric Feeley at The Bridges opened Remington’s for “eat-in-your-cart” golfer take-out, which morphed into deck dining, then inside dining as regulations were lifted. For a short period of time, there was no take-out at all, but now it’s eat in, eat out, or take-out. Best of all, dining on the deck at The Bridges offers incredible San Juan views. And now, there’s music on Fridays. (Members may reserve a table. Others, it’s as tables available.)
Too hot or wet to sit outside? Or want some elegant ambiance? Inside at the Stone House has the answer.
Don Vincent at the Stone House kept it going when others had to temporarily shut down. By offering curbside takeout and even home delivery, he was able to keep some staff employed. Not only could you pick up your regular favorites, Don also offered special-occasion meals—like Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and anniversaries—delicious food you didn’t have to prepare yourself for your family or friend gatherings. Stone House even provided neighborhood deliveries in Cobble Creek when that facility no longer had a clubhouse restaurant. And now that it’s fully open again, Stone House regulars can once again enjoy Happy Hour.
The Stone House has a new patio!
Their latest edition is a new patio for outdoor dining, perfect for customers who worry about too-close contact inside. Stone House still does carry-out, too, perfect for a backyard picnic or family small at one of the many shady, city parks.