LIKE MANY RESTAURANTS operating in the COVID-19 pandemic, Cubbers in Bristol has had to limit its services to takeout, which requires fewer staff and staff hours. Still, with the help of federal and state relief grants, the cherished downtown eatery — like many in Addison County — has been able to cut fewer employees than it otherwise would have.
Photo courtesy of Cubbers
ADDISON COUNTY — In this season of COVID-19, many businesses have been hamstrung by social distancing, fear of people they don’t know and, for many, less disposable income.
Restaurants depend on drawing together diverse groups of people, sometimes in big groups, for shared food prepared by strangers, often at indoor venues. And they charge money that some people just don’t have right now. As a result restaurants have been among the types of businesses hardest hit.
Most Addison County restaurants are open fewer hours each week than they were a year ago, some have gone into hibernation and...
The Scott administration announced Friday that as of June 26, restaurants, entertainment venues and other hospitality businesses will be able to open their doors to more people.
The new rules set the cap for indoor establishments at 75 people and outdoor operations at 150 people, or 50% of their total capacity — whichever is less. Under previous guidance, capacity was capped at 25% of their approved fire safety occupancy.
Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development Lindsay Kurrle said that while the lifting of capacity restrictions won’t “make the hospitality industry whole...
DINERS ENJOY A meal from Two Brothers restaurant in a properly spaced, outdoor seating area in front of Otter Creek Bakery. Two Brothers on the roundabout in downtown Middlebury has almost no outdoor seating, but the neighbors at Otter Creek Bakery came up with a generous solution.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
ADDISON COUNTY — Whether you are an avid restaurant goer, or prefer to cook at home, it is hard to not feel concern for the restaurants and lodging services that have taken a serious financial hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some restaurants were able to shift their services to takeout and have remained flexible as regulations have lifted, others had closed completely and have just recently reopened under limited circumstances.
Those circumstances were updated this past Friday, June 5, by Gov. Phil Scott, as he announced restaurants were allowed to open 25% of their indoor seating in...
On Friday the state will allow restaurants to open, with restrictions. This has timed perfectly with nice weather. Perhaps it would help jumpstart the return by towns shutting down streets and allowing outdoor dining.
For example, in Bristol, the town could shut down Main Street from 4 until 8 p.m., rerouting traffic as they do during festivals like Pockock Rocks. For those four hours, restaurants then move their tables and chairs to the street. This allows for social distancing but, because the floor area has now grown, they can operate at maximum capacity. It adds a few steps and excludes...
Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the resumption of additional business operations, including outdoor seating at restaurants and bars, hair salons and barber shops and some additional health services.
“I believe these steps forward will be welcome news for many and because Vermonters are being smart to stay safe, our data continues to show we’re still moving in the right direction,” Scott said in a press release. “As more Vermonters get back to work and there are more places to visit and meet with others, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant about your health and the health of...
ADDISON COUNTY — Sanderson Wheeler, co-owner of the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol, is just happy to be in his restaurant’s kitchen.
“Being in here and cooking feels great,” he said. “It helps me keep my mind off of things.”
These days Wheeler and his partner (and spouse), Erin, like restaurateurs everywhere, have a lot on their minds.
After Gov. Phil Scott ordered the March 17 closure of Vermont’s eateries and bars — except for takeout and delivery — the Wheelers had to lay off the Bobcat’s entire staff.
Then Sunday night, after the Wheelers had regrouped and restructured the Bobcat’s menu so they...