Restaurants adapt for colder months during pandemic

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- As the weather gets colder, restaurants will need to adapt for customers who are currently dining outside. 

And as the COVID-19 cases continue to increase, it’s more important than ever to keep people safe. 

With the warmer weather, people could socially distance and sit outside. But as the temperature drops, that will soon change, as Mellow Mushroom Matt Holderfield said. 

“Moving forward once the patio closes up, we will not be opening up any new dining room tables. We are going to remain at 50 percent capacity,” said Holderfield. 

Right now Mellow Mushroom has a few heaters and a fire pit outside to keep the patio open as long as possible. 

Another local restaurant, Bike Rack Bistro, has implemented a drive thru to keep customers coming, but in a different way. 

“We do now have a drive-thru window, which was not in the original plan. We had to make that happen really quick. The drive-thru window literally saved us,” said Bike Rack Bistro co-owner Patrick Folker. 

To keep people safe dining indoors, both restaurants say that every guest must wear a mask and social distance. 

They said they are now more prepared to tackle challenges, believing to have survived the worst at this point. 

“We hope that business remains the same. Winter months do slow up a little bit, that’s inevitable,” said Holderfield. 

“It’s been going really well for us and we see no issues from this point on,” said Folker.