“It’s not perfect or ideal, but we feel it is the safe and responsible way for us to proceed at this time,” the owners wrote.
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In a Facebook message exchange, Barrel House co-owner Sara Stathes said, “Unless we’re going out of business, we have to reopen. We technically could have been open this whole time, but we felt that it was responsible to close temporarily. With Ohio beginning to open back up, we felt that the time was right, but with truncated hours and only allowing one customer inside at a time. That way we can serve as their ‘personal shopper,’ if you will, so no customers need to touch anything.”
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The Barrel House did not receive funding in the initial round of the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program. “We were hoping to get help from the PPP, but now we know that no one is coming to save us except ourselves and our customers,” Stathes said.
Local Cantina Webster Station said on its Facebook page that it “will be slinging your favorite tacos and margaritas” daily from noon to 8 p.m. for carryout.
A spokeswoman for Columbus-based Local Cantina said the Dayton restaurant will have five margaritas available for purchase for carryout.
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“Our food menu has been slightly pared down to ensure the food is as fresh as possible,” the spokeswoman said. “We have an order-and-pay-online option through our website, and we encourage all our guests to use this to minimize transactions and contact between the staff and guests.”
“We have limited staff working so they can keep a safe distance from one another, and areas marked out in the restaurant for guests to stand and direct them to pick up food, so they can also keep a safe distance from each other as well as minimizing interactions,” she said.
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“We are working on curbside pickup option and working on delivery through our website as well.”
The restaurant, located at 503 E. First St. adjacent to Fifth Third Field, shut down on March 16, the day after Gov. Mike DeWine announced a mandatory shutdown of all restaurant and pub dine-in services.