‘I think it’s helped our business’: Outdoor seating at Nevada City restaurants seems to be beneficial, according to two owners | TheUnion.com

‘I think it’s helped our business’: Outdoor seating at Nevada City restaurants seems to be beneficial, according to two owners

Sam Corey
Staff Writer

For a few weeks some local restaurants have provided outdoor seating to ensure they can keep their customers safe while dining. The result: some restaurant owners are happy with it, and say that their customers are as well.

“It’s great, it seems to bring a lot more people in,” said Calla Lily Crepes owner Darren Engstrom. “It’s been really successful.”

Engstrom said Calla Lily began outside seating a couple of weekends ago, putting out about nine tables with accompanying umbrellas. He said more people have been coming in during lunch hours, and that the situation has worked nicely for customers that want to support local businesses but don’t want to sit inside.

Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co. co-owner Shana Maziarz agreed.

“It’s been great,” she said. “People certainly feel more comfortable sitting outside.”

Three Forks has about six tables situated outside, said Maziarz, noting that while the tables have helped improve business, they haven’t necessarily drawn in more customers than before the pandemic, as indoor seating is now more limited. Still, Maziarz said many customers enjoy the feel of being outside, providing a more European atmosphere.

Separately, Maziarz requested that customers be kind to service industry workers during this time. While most customers have been nice, some have been upset with employees wearing masks, and she hopes all people treat her employees with respect and compassion.

“It’s a stressful time to be alive right now, and it’s particularly stressful to be in the service industry,” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Sam Corey, email scorey@theunion.com or call 530-477-4219.

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