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At least one Charles City restaurant is opening dining hall Friday; many others opt to ‘wait and see’

Under Gov. Kim Reynolds permission, restaurants in Floyd County are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity on Friday. However, most of them are opting to stay closed until further notice. 

Plaza Mexico is one of the Charles City restaurants deciding against opening their dining area on May 1st.

Yolanda Hicalco of Plaza Mexico says their restaurant isn’t struggling too much with the consistent backing of the community. They haven’t even had to lay off a single employee and the takeout orders are significant. Hicalco says if they reopened the restaurant it would surely be ‘very chaotic’.

 

Tons of others are following suit. 

A post from The Lucky Dragon Facebook page reads:

“We have chosen to keep Lucky Dragon’s dining area closed until further notice. This was a difficult decision we needed to make to ensure the safety of everyone.

We will remain open for takeout Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-7pm. Call (641) 228-3689 to place your order. Thank you Charles City for your support!”

Pizza Ranch went the same direction:

“We will be holding off opening up our dining room until we are positive we can deliver the best and safest environment for everyone. We are still providing carryout and delivery daily, and can’t wait to be able to welcome everyone back into the dining room!”

Dave’s Resturant is one of the only restaurants heeding the words of the governor more closely. Owner Dave believes he is one of the only places in the county who are taking this chance – in this way, they are going to be running the area’s experiment. Dave’s Facebook page announced their dining room would reopen on Friday at 6:30 a.m.:

 

Hicalco says Plaza is going to play the ‘wait and see’ game until they feel comfortable enough to reopen fully to the public. Overall, she says they are scared. 

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Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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