Penelope’s Lil Cafe reopens dine-in area under new guidelines

Penelope’s Lil Cafe is one of the many restaurants in Lincoln to reopen under the governor’s guidelines, allowing customers to dine in.
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When you are dining at your next favorite restaurant you may notice a few changes, like your menus are paper so they can be disposable, and there are no condiments on the table. You have to ask for them.

Penelope’s Lil Cafe is one of the many restaurants in Lincoln to reopen under the governor’s guidelines, allowing customers to dine in.

The owner says following the steps haven’t been easy but it’s worth it.
“It’s been very stressful getting this all together and then wondering,” says Brenda Failor, owner of Penelope’s Lil Cafe. “ Because you have no idea if you’re going to be busy when you’re going to be busy. How many employees you should have? Because you don’t want to be understaffed but you don’t want to be overstaffed because of the regulations of us keeping our distance.”

A waiter says he’s glad to be back to work and though they’ve always followed food safety guidelines his job is even more hands-on, only handing out packets of condiments if needed and sanitizing tables on a timely schedule.

“It’s doubled up like it doesn’t matter what you’re doing everything has to be spotlessly clean and at all times for people who will be sitting,” said Paul McCullin, a waiter. “Anything that they will not be using has to be taken off. So, we don’t have any of the creamer, sugars, jellies, anything like that (on the tables).”

“Yeah following the guidelines is hard and some parts and some of it’s easy,” says Failor. “So, we have to do what we have to do. We’ve got to get control of this virus and still be able to have a little bit of a life.”

Failor said she lost more than 50 percent of her seating, just so customers would be 6 feet apart indoors and on her patio.

“People are overjoyed finally be able to come in sit down and have a meal and be waited on and not have to clean up after themselves,” adds Failor. “Because at home, you have to do everything yourself and I think people are ready to go out just a little bit.“

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