Overall sit-down experience: From the moment you enter a restaurant, the entire experience will be vastly different. You’ll be greeted by servers and hosts wearing masks or face shields. Food runners will likely be eliminated, as most jurisdictions are limiting the number of employees interacting with each table.
Leather bound menus will be scrapped in favor of disposable paper or electronic menus. Upscale steakhouse Ruth’s Chris, for example, is using QR codes for diners to scan with their phone to fetch menus.
The communal act of dining will be eliminated as physical distancing rules will separate chance meetings at a bar, or friendly conversations with strangers at a shared table.
Solution: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, which has three locations in Southern California, anticipated weeks ago that barriers might be required once restaurants could resume dine-in operations.
The owners immediately partnered with a company to create glass partitions that would ensure the safety of guests and staff, while maintaining the energy of the Winery’s dining rooms. The custom dividers, made with medical grade Lexan (a polycarbonate resin thermoplastic), have been installed at the brand’s Newport Beach location, shown.
The idea is to be safe, but also preserve “the integrity of the experience we strive to offer,” co-owner JC Clow said.
The company’s other locations are in San Diego and Tustin, Calif.