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KCMO restaurants make adjustments as reopening begins

District Pour House + Kitchen
Posted at 4:57 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 19:24:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The lifting of Kansas City, Missouri's stay-at-home order opened the door for restaurants to do just that — open their doors.

Strict limits are in place to maintain the safety of customers who choose to return to dining rooms.

District Pour House + Kitchen in Waldo returned to dine-in service on Friday, with a full regimen of safety procedures in place.

Owner Dan McCall and his staff all wear masks, and have installed multiple sanitizing stations in the dining room.

Tables are spaced 10 feet apart indoors, and they have added more outdoor seating, with those tables also spaced for social distancing.

"It’ll be weather-dependent for us, with half our restaurant outside. On days it’s nice out, I think it’ll be worth it for sure," McCall said.

Even with the excitement of in-person service returning to his establishment, McCall said there's still an uneasy feeling. He said it feels like opening a new business.

"I think it’s a lot of anxiousness going on. I can feel it through my staff. We’re on the front lines now, not like first responders, but we are going to be interacting with people, so we have to do what we can to be safe," McCall said.

He added that he hopes his returning patrons also bring their patience.

"Give us some time. It’s brand new for us. We’re all human beings going through the same experience, so be relaxed with us and we’ll figure it out as we go," McCall said.