Some indoor dining options open for Carbondale community amid COVID-19
March 15, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, daily life was altered, including dining at restaurants.
Since restrictions were put in place by the government, restaurants have offered many alternatives to stay open for business to consumers such as food delivery, no-contact pick-ups, and socially distanced takeout.
As COVID-19 numbers in Jackson County have decreased in the past few months, restaurants in Carbondale are beginning to open for dine-in.
These restaurants include but are not limited to:
Bandana’s is located at 309 E Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901 and the hours of operation are seven days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Bandana’s manager, John Dickerson spoke about the importance of safety for employees and customers alike and how Bandana’s is committed to providing safe and enjoyable dining.
“Our customers have to be at least six feet apart, so we’ve got every other table blocked off,” Dickerson said. “For our banquet room, we can do banquets for up to 50 people. It’s no more than 10 people per table and tables have to be six feet apart.”
In addition to this, Bandana’s is also maintaining other state safety guidelines such as requiring customers and employees to wear masks and ensuring extra sanitizing machines are around the restaurant.
Quatro’s Pizza is located at 218 W Freeman St, Carbondale, IL 62901. The hours of operation are seven days a week from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
The manager Blake Morrison also provided information on how Quatro’s is making employee and customer safety its top priority.
Some of the safety measures include keeping tables six feet apart, mask requirements for employees and customers and increased cleaning of all surfaces and menus.
In addition to dining in, Quatro’s also offers no contact delivery and pick up for customers.
Hunan Chinese is located at 710 E Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901. The hours of operation are seven days a week from 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Human Chinese is currently serving at 25% capacity. The tables are spaced apart according to the Phase 4 guidelines set by the state and customers must be masked at all times unless they are eating. Hunan Chinese also provides additional masks and gloves at the door should customers not have their own, according to the manager.
Don Sol is located at 715 N Giant City Rd, Carbondale, IL 62902. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. -9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Don Sol is serving at 50% capacity, while maintaining six feet apart social distancing. The staff also provide additional sanitizers around the restaurant. Employees must wear masks at all times during their shift, and customers must wear masks when not seated and eating at their table.
Tres Hombres is located at 119 N Washington St, Carbondale, IL 62901. The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. -2 a.m.
Employees must wear masks at all times and customers are asked to wear masks when they are moving around the restaurant. The staff works hard to complete cleaning and sanitizing after every person. Many of the health regulations, such as thorough cleaning, were required prior to COVID-19.
Other restaurants in Carbondale that are open for dine-in include Pagaili’s Pizza, the Underground, Applebee’s, Chili’s, Fazoli’s, Fujiyama, Golden Corral, Moe’s, Taco Bell and Buffalo Wild Wings.
For more information on safety requirements for dining out in Illinois please visit the following website, State of Illinois Reopening Guidance and Mitigations – Illinois Restaurant Association (illinoisrestaurants.org)
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