By Terry Duffy
As social contact restrictions impacting businesses from the coronavirus pandemic continue to lessen, slowly but surely bars and restaurants throughout the River Region are getting back into operations. Currently in place is phase two, allowing for outdoor, on-premises service of food/alcoholic beverages. Phase three will enable the indoor service of food/alcoholic beverages. It is expected to begin locally on Tuesday, June 16.
In the Village of Lewiston, Lower Niagara Moose Lodge 584 has announced plans to resume limited operations with its awning-covered outdoor patio expected to open at 2 p.m. today.
“We expect to open at 50% of occupancy,” said member Ron Parent, who serves as administrator of the private member club on Lewiston’s Water Street.
Parent said the lodge would be open for members, with seating and gathering space limited to the awning-covered side porch, and front parking areas and bar service to be available via a side pickup window. Sanitizers will be available with phase two restrictions in place; no inside club services will be provided other than restroom access.
Bar manager Ashley Olds said the Moose Lodge is expected to be open from 2 to midnight on Friday, with Saturday hours noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.; Monday, 3-8 p.m.; and Tuesday 3-11 p.m.
“It’s official!! Patio only starting this Friday at 2 p.m.!! Please be advised to NY Governors ‘social distancing’ criteria. Limited seating will be available. We have utilized some of the parking lot to accommodate as many as we can. Welcome back Mooselings!” Olds wrote online.
With its reopening, the Lewiston Moose Lodge now joins Water Street Landing and The Silo Restaurant availing bar/restaurant services along Lewiston’s waterfront.
Up in Youngstown, area businesses, including the Youngstown Village Diner, The Ontario House (Stone Jug), Bandana’s and Main Street Pizza are now operating on a limited basis, with either on-premises outside services or takeout available.
“While still just doing takeout, we will be providing tables and chairs for you to enjoy your food hot and fresh while appreciating the great outdoors,” the Youngstown Village Diner said on its Facebook page. “As usual, call and order your food and grab a table! Or ... grab a table, order your food and enjoy a beverage while you wait. Tables are socially distanced and span the storefronts on our side of the street. Can’t wait to see you on the street!”
“We’re open!” said Melissa Kudel, co-owner of Bandana’s, as she invited visitors to come check out their new covered rear patio with bar and food services available.
Rebecca Poletti at the Youngstown Galley said that her business remains closed until further notice. “No patio or takeout at this time.”
Over at Somewhere, owner Pat Stack said he was anticipating a reopening in the near future, with events in planning for later this month.
While at the Fish, Feather and Fur Conservation Society on Swann Road, the private sportsmen’s club bar operations remains in shutdown mode for the time being.
Each of these locations is expected to reopen more as the state’s business restrictions ease.