With Colder Weather on Horizon, Local Restaurants Welcome Increased Capacity for Indoor Dining

Mark Hostutler
Image of Be Here Brewing in Avondale via MediaNews Group.

With colder weather on the horizon, local restaurants are eager to increase their indoor dining capacity from 25 to 50 percent on Sept. 21. This is nearly six months after the first restrictions were imposed on the hospitality industry by Gov. Tom Wolf due to the pandemic, writes Jen Samuel for the Daily Local News.

While indoor dining capacity was quartered, many restaurants were able to survive by expanding their outdoor dining space with the help of local boroughs.

“Kennett Borough officials were quick to initiate outdoor dining and many other programs to enable us to survive during these past months,” said Brett Hulbert of Portabellos of Kennett Square.

But with fall coming, it is encouraging to be able to increase the indoor capacity to 50 percent, he said.

“As dining moves indoors, Portabellos will continue to meet – exceed – all state-mandated guidelines for distancing and sanitation to ensure the safety of our guests,” he said.

Downingtown Mayor Phil Dague also welcomed the relaxing of restrictions.

“I am confident that Downingtown’s restaurants will make certain that a safe and comfortable dining experience will be had by all,” he said.

Read more about indoor dining capacity in the Daily Local News here.

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