Dining Al Fresco – Local Restaurants Adapt to New Rules

Photo by Elizabeth Mendia / Kern Valley Sun
Outdoor dining at Edy Out Tap House in Kernville.
Photo by Elizabeth Mendia/ Kern Valley Sun
Michelle Walker, an employee for Cheryls’ Diner, helps to set up their outdoor eating furniture.

By Elizabeth Mendia
Kern Valley Sun

On July 2, Governor Newsom announced the re-closure of indoor dining at restaurants, forcing many local establishments to creatively expand their dining facilities outdoors.

“It obviously isn’t the best-case scenario but we are doing the best we can with what we have,” said Michele Walker, a server at Cheryl’s Diner in Kernville, “Business is down A LOT from last summer. With the temperatures in the triple digits, it is just too hot for people to endure at the moment.” Nonetheless, patrons were lined up waiting to be seated on Saturday.

The Kern River Brewing Company expanded its outdoor patio dining to areas behind the main brewery. “We’ve tested out the Patio Dining and it’s a success. Also super happy to report that even our customers are on-board with masking up while not seated – thank you, everyone, for helping keep KRBC as safe as possible,” they announced on social media.

At the Red Rooster in Mountain Mesa, an enclosure of hay bales defined the new dining space, while Nelda’s Diner built a completely new outdoor patio area and the Dick Weeds lined the front and sides of their establishment with tables.

The in-dining closure announced on July 2 was ostensibly for a three-week period, however, it is clear that local restaurants aren’t taking any chances and are well prepared for any ongoing closures announced by the State.

For additional photos of outdoor dining at the Eddy Out Tap Bar, the Kern River Brewing Company, Pizza Barn, Neldas’s Diner, Red Rooster Cafe, and Dam Corner Cafe, please visit the Kern Valley Sun website at kernvalleysun.com.

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