Kern County restaurants adjust to new COVID restrictions

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Hoping to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases, Governor Newsom called for the closure of indoor dining rooms once again. ​

“The first thing that really goes through your mind is like a whiplash effect,” said Ralph Fruguglietti​, owner of Frugatti’s Italian Restaurant.

Business owners who recently re-opened are left to scramble.

“When we re-opened everyone was so happy and excited to be back,” said Patricia Rios, manager at Old River Grill.​

Rios says Old River Grill reopened just a month ago after being shut down for two months.

At Frugatti’s the restaurant remained open but only for take-out​.

“It’s easier than what it was last time,” said Fruguglietti. “It’s just disappointing.​”

Both restaurants will remain open for take-out and limited patio seating.​

“Hopefully people are understanding, this is new to us,” said Fruguglietti.​

In May, the city of Bakersfield started allowing local businesses to apply for a special permit that allows them to expand outdoor dining onto sidewalks and streets. So far three restaurants have been approved for the permit and one is currently being processed. ​

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