ASHLAND, Ore -- Restaurants in Oregon can only make food if it's heading out the door. Governor Kate Brown has extended the dine-in ban indefinitely to help flatten the curve.
Restaurants are trying to find ways to stay open. "As a restaurant we didn't do delivery before, so that was kind of a new challenge." said Ivan Thui. He is the Owner of Breadboard. "We found other places doing more and more deliveries. So we added delivery within a week." said Gary Allen. He is the Co-Owner of Oak Tree NorthWest Bar and Grill.
Three weeks into this dine-in ban, owners are finding out what works and what doesn't. "That was kind of the process. Just try to keep it going; try to keep the doors open." said Allen. For Allen, it was being more active on social media and door knocking. "Some of the employees and myself, we've dropped off to go menus through various neighborhoods." said Allen. It turned out to be a huge success. "We got a lot of direct, immediate response from that. Same day orders, that kind of thing."
"We are trying to be more active of social media. Trying to let people know that we are open." said Thui. He says most of his regulars are in the at-risk age group. So he made dropping off food easy. "We don't have any signing pens or anything like that. It's all contact-less now."
Both restaurants are going to keep doing what they are doing. Despite the new indefinite ban. "You know if business drops off too much, obviously things could change. You can't ever rule that out. You know there's a loan program out there that we are trying to get. I know a lot of other businesses are trying to do as well." said Allen. "From our regulars they definitely come in still; trying to support us, and buying gift cards. That really does support us. We want all of our employees, customers to be safe. That's all that we really want." said Thui.