More area restaurants consider options for reopening
Published 7:32 pm Thursday, May 14, 2020
Restaurants are reopening under the City of Natchez’s latest COVID-19 guidelines. Below is a round up of some Miss-Lou restaurants’ plans for reopening.
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Carriage House Restaurant
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The Carriage House Restaurant will reopen June 1 with grab-and-go service and outside dining with an a la carte menu, said Eugenie Cates, president of the Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club, which owns and operates the Carriage House Restaurant.
Cates said The Carriage House Restaurant staff members had been in training with the Mississippi Restaurant Association to learn to follow proper protocols associated with COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 shutdown over the past few weeks, Cates said the Carriage House had been undergoing renovations, painting and sanitizing. Cates said due to COVID-19 guidelines the restaurant would not initially offer a buffet, which is popular at the Carriage House, but rather will offer a menu.
The restaurant’s hours, Cates said, will continue to be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and that customers can call ahead and come to pick up orders or have them delivered within a radius of the restaurant. Cates said the menu would be posted on the Carriage House’s Facebook page.
Cates said the restaurant would have an outdoor tent in the courtyard for sit-down dining, and she is hopeful the restaurant will be able to begin inside dining June 20, which is Father’s Day weekend.
Farrah’s at the Guest House
Farrah’s restaurant at the Guest House in downtown Natchez reopened to inside dining Wednesday, said the restaurant’s Chef Hakam Abuhakmeh.
“We are reopened following all the guidelines with 50% capacity,” Abuhakmeh said of Wednesday’s reopening.
Throughout the pandemic, Farrah’s has been offering curbside pick up and will continue to do so, Abuhakmeh said.
Natchez Brewing Company
Natchez Brewing Company has continued to operate throughout the pandemic with to-go service and outdoor dining, said Lisa Miller, who co-owns Natchez Brewing Company.
Miller said the Natchez Brewing Company will continue to offer to-go and outside service and will open to inside dining on Saturday, May 23.
Pig Out Inn
Anne Vidal Willette, owner of Pig Out Inn in Natchez, said she has not yet decided if she will reopen the popular barbecue restaurant after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Willette said she cannot be sure when tourism will return to Natchez, which is contributing to her uncertainty about reopening.
“I’m afraid of what lies ahead,” Willette said. “I don’t have any plans at this point. I just don’t know if the town can carry the restaurant without the tourists.”
Southern Bistro at Natchez Manor Bed and Breakfast
Southern Bistro at Natchez Manor Bed and Breakfast has been offering to-go curbside pickup throughout the pandemic shutdown, said Emily McNeill, business manager. The bistro will begin offering outside dining soon after their application is approved by the city, hopefully within the next few days McNeill said.
“We have been very busy,” McNeill said of the cubside service offering $5 to $7 meals on the scaled back menu. “The next step will be to open brunch back up again.”
McNeill said Sunday brunch and inside dining reopening is somewhat dependent on what area churches do since that business hinges on the after-church crowd.
McNeill said she anticipates it would be another four-to-six weeks before the restaurant opens for inside dining.
“We are not quite ready to let everybody in just yet,” McNeill said. “Our curbside has been so busy that it could overwhelm our kitchen to have as many things going on outside on our curb and have so much going on inside at the same time. We are going to watch it and see. If people continue to do curbside then there is no reason for us to try to open and bring people inside, too.”
Mammy’s Cupboard on U.S. 61 in Adams County started out after the COVID-19 pandemic doing curbside orders and delivery through Milk Man, said Lisa Leach, the restaurant manager.
On March 21, the restaurant closed entirely, however, and has remained closed since, she said.
“We’ll be reopening Thursday and right now we’re cleaning everything up and moving tables around to get ready for only 50% occupancy under the governor’s guidelines,” Leach said. “We’re not sure yet how this will affect us so we’re only doing three days a week to start with. We’ve got a lot of calls from customers so we’re hopeful that means people will come on back.”
Leach said Mammy’s Cupboard would be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Craws, Claws & Tails
Craws, Claws & Tails, located in Vidalia, reopened for dine-in service today (Friday) with limited hours and serving fewer customers at 25% of the restaurant’s capacity, said Kitchen Manager, Jessica Williams.
Craws Claws & Tails is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Williams said.
El Ranchero, which has only been serving carry out orders, opens for dine-in service today (Friday) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ruvio Ruben of Agave Café in Vidalia said the restaurant is preparing to reopen under COVID-19 restrictions. However, a reopening date has not yet been set, Ruben said.
Moo’s Barn and Grill
Moo’s Barn and Grill employee Morgan Blanton said the restaurant on John R. Junkin Drive and Government Fleet Road opened to dine-in customers Thursday with 50% capacity.
In the days leading up to the opening of the dining room, employees have been sanitizing and cleaning the restaurant to protect customers and employees. The restaurant’s patio is available for dining and curbside and to-go orders are still being accepted at 769-355-2442.
The Feed Trough
Allen Smith is the owner at The Feed Through in Natchez. Smith said the restaurant is open for take-out orders only for now.
“We will be opening for dine-in service hopefully by the end of the month, according to the guidelines posted by Mayor Grennell,” Smith said.
The Feed Trough is open from 5-8 p.m.
NX Level Cooking
Bryan Smith, owner of NX Level Cooking in Natchez, said his restaurant opened Thursday to the public for carryout only.
“We will continue dine-in service when the city gives us the OK,” Bryan Smith said.
NX Level Cooking is allowing call-in orders and outdoor dining to their customers as well.
Ashley Paige, a customer service representative for Shoney’s, said the Natchez Shoney’s restaurant will reopen but no date has yet been set for the reopening.
Keith Dallalio, owner of Lil Italia in Natchez, said his restaurant is still doing curbside takeout and delivery.
Dallalio said he plans to reopen dine-in service at 50% capacity, which is 25 customers for his dining room, on May 18.
Lil Italia will be open from 11-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Dallalio said.
Little Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse
Herry Kho, manager at Little Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in Natchez, said the restaurant has been open since last Tuesday.
“We’re just doing to-go service only until May 31,” Kho said, adding they plan to offer inside dining on May 31.
Until then, Little Tokyo will be open for to-go service from 11-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
On Fridays, Little Tokyo is open from 11-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m.
On Saturdays, the restaurant is open from 11:30-8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30-8 p.m.
The Natchez Democrat staff members Scott Hawkins, Ben Hillyer, Patrick Murphy and Sabrina Robertson contributed to this report.