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Restaurants adapt to the Omicron wave


A drive-thru restaurant in Webster Groves has recorded 30% more orders in recent weeks.

ST. LOUIS – The recent surge of COVID-19 has prompted some businesses in Saint-Louis to step up their security protocols while others have closed to help slow the spread.

On Saturday, Frank Romano and his staff at Parkmoor Drive-In in Webster Groves could be seen wearing masks along with some guests at the tables.

“This is serious business and we want everyone to be safe. We follow all protocols here. Keep it clean. And do our best, ”said the Managing Director.

The restaurant opened in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when you could only dine outside.

As cases fluctuated, they switched to patio and sidewalk service until they had some relief in the summer of 2021.

“It was safer. People weren’t getting that sick and we were allowed to use inside restaurants, ”Romano said.

With the virus mixing operations again and new variations in play, the restaurant has seen a 30% increase in take-out orders.

Other restaurants in Saint-Louis are preparing for the battle.

The Morgan Street Brewery in the city center is closed until further notice.

Signage on the door reads “We have made the extremely difficult decision to close due to the continuing pandemic. If life returns to normal, we hope to see you again.

Planter’s House has also been on hiatus until the end of January for some “rest and recovery,” according to their website, after ending their vacation early due to cases.

For restaurants that stay open like Parkmoor with no cases inside, it’s all about masking, pulling out and deep cleaning.

“Constant hand washing, disinfection, wearing of gloves,” Romano continued.

Like so many others with a business in this ever-changing climate, the restaurant has asked everyone who is feeling sick to stay home.

The City of St. Louis Department of Health has urged companies to reduce their workforce indoors as much as possible.

The agency also asked the companies to work with experts in H-VAC to improve the air quality in the building.

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Richard Dement

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