As Memorial Day approaches, many Kansas City restaurants are gearing up to open their dining rooms in limited capacity following brief closures due to COVID-19.

With restaurants located in various counties on both sides of the state line, each with their own dates, rules and regulations, restaurant owners are using their own judgment to determine when reopening would be possible based on the size of their restaurant space, menu and preparedness to protect both patrons and staff.

Restaurants are being asked to follow all federal, state and local ordinances inside their own restaurants to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus.

Guests should expect to see some, if not all, of the following changes at their favorite spots:

  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet between chairs both inside and outside the restaurant, and 10 feet between tables, with some tables or chairs missing or blocked off
  • Employees will be required to wear a face mask and possibly gloves
  • Guests will also be encouraged to wear a mask, unless they are seated at a table eating
  • No bar seating or buffet-style food service will be permitted at this time
  • Pre-ordering will be encouraged to avoid prolonged contact with a server
  • Guests are encouraged to wait in the car until their table is ready
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to all guests
  • Each menu will be sanitized, or electronic or disposable menus will be used
  • Disposable plates, cups and napkins will be used
  • Tables will not be bussed until the guests have left the table
  • Every table will be cleaned and sanitized between guests
  • Every 90 minutes, all hard surfaces, bathrooms and door handles must be cleaned and sanitized
  • Restaurants are encouraged to keep a log of customers who spend 10 minutes or more seated at a restaurant
  • Contactless payment is encouraged 

This will change the way the dining experience looks for now, and guests should come prepared with patience and understanding as this process will be new for everyone involved. Restaurants are making changes to their operations constantly, so before heading out to eat, consider doublechecking the details on social media.

Know of a restaurant that has reopened for dine-in service? Email us at editor@feastmagazine.com and we’ll add it to the list.