Lincoln restaurants ‘cautiously optimistic’ about returning to full capacity

Starting Monday, restaurants and bars across Nebraska will be able to seat a full house for the first time in months. 
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Starting Monday, restaurants and bars across Nebraska will be able to seat a full house for the first time in months.

It comes as a result of the recently announced directed health measure, which ups capacity for those businesses from 50% to 100%.

But for some restaurant owners in Lincoln, just because they’re getting the green light doesn’t mean they’re going full speed ahead.

Eric Thiessen with The Hub Cafe says the restaurant is taking the proper measures to ensure the safety of customers and workers. He says he wants people to feel comfortable being in the restaurant.

“We will not jump immediately to 100% capacity,” Thiessen said. “We just want to create an environment where people feel safe yet can still come together. That’s what we’ve always been about, that’s what we’ll continue to be about.”

For Sara Brown, owner of Rutabagas, it’s much of the same.

“We’re a little surprised by the announcement,” Brown said. “I would say were cautiously optimistic.”

The new DHM also allows for groups and tables of eight people, up from six. It still requires restaurants and bars to practice social distancing and additional hygiene practices.

Thiessen and Brown say that isn’t an issue.

“We definitely have the staff to handle and a team in place well prepared to handle whatever comes our way,” Brown said. “From that perspective were ready. Whether or not the community is, we’ll find out.”

Both Brown and Thiessen say, while cautious, they can’t wait to get people back in the door.

“We don’t want to go too far too fast, but we are excited,” Brown said.

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