Biancke's Restaurant prepares to reopen on May 22

Posted at 6:48 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 18:56:01-04

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Biancke’s Restaurant has been open for 126 years under multiple different owners, and now, in the era of COVID-19, John Gruchow is in charge of ensuring the restaurant thrives.

“Just learning how to do things a different way. Learning how to sanitize the same way but maybe just more often. And just learning how to social distance a little bit better,” said Gruchow.

As government restrictions are lifted and restaurants are allowed to reopen their dining rooms on May 22, Biancke’s is making adjustments.

Gov. Andy Beshear released guidelines for the reopening of restaurants. Restaurants can reopen indoor dining areas at 33% capacity and are encouraged to use outdoor seating.

“We read what the governor put out and we’re just trying to follow everything to a tee,” said Gruchow.

The dining room looks different. Tables have been removed from every area and have been repositioned at least six feet apart. Gruchow said they are also capping party sizes at 10 people, per the government’s recommendations. Additionally, Biancke’s is in the process of installing multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the restaurant.

When employees return, they’ll be required to wear masks, but customers will not be turned away for not wearing them.

“We will probably have approximately the same amount of servers because we're going to be spread out,” said Gruchow, who also told LEX 18 they have not let go of any employees.

Gruchow said he expects business will pick up quickly after May 22, but they will continue offering curbside pick-up and free delivery for the time being.

You can read all the guidelines restaurants must follow here.