GLASGOW — Restaurants across the state reopened on Friday after the state ordered them to close in March as part of an effort to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Minimum guidelines for the reopening of restaurants is posted on the state’s website under the Healthy At Work heading.

According to those guidelines, restaurants could reopen on Friday with a 33% capacity and were encouraged to maximize the use of outdoor seating.

Fine Arts Bistro on Glasgow’s North Public Square stopped offering in-person dining on March 11, however, the restaurant continued to do curbside and carry-out food service.

It was one of the restaurants in Glasgow that reopened on Friday, and according to employees a lot was involved in the reopening of the restaurant.

“We had to rework all of our procedures, menus and business hours. That’s three things we took into consideration. Just trying to figure out where to place more tables outside (was a challenge),” manager Kelly Underwood said.

The restaurant’s dining has not yet reopened.

“For us 33% is only 13 people. We’ve got such close quarters anyway that it almost wouldn’t be feasible to spread out too much. Another stress factor is having people eat in there, just the 13 people, and then possibly people waiting out here who want to come in and those people feeling rushed,” she said. “Also, we’re just waiting a few weeks to see how the numbers go. Just to see if there is an increase in cases and then this is just all going to have to shut down again. We’re just playing it out for those two major reasons.”

Before the state ordered restaurants to close, Fine Arts Bistro offered breakfast.

“We currently wiped out breakfast for now. We’re doing lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then take a break from 2 to 4 p.m. and then we are doing our dinner carry-out, which has been really popular since all of these restrictions have been in place,” she said. “We are continuing that because we think that’s what people want.”

Dinner hours for Fine Arts Bistro are 5 to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. The restaurant is not open on Saturdays but may have plans to do so at a later date, she said.

Some of the items the restaurant has started offering for dinner include shrimp and grits, Hot Browns, roasted chicken and vegetables and salmon.

A Little Taste of Texas on South Broadway also reopened on Friday after offering only curbside service during the state-mandated closure.

“We are excited. We’re nervous. There’s a lot of guidelines we have to follow, so that’s pretty stressful. We are doing all that we can and we’re just excited to get back to normal somewhat and to see our customers,” server Amber Cross said. “We have a lot of regulars and we’ve missed them.”

With the state allowing restaurants to have only a 33% capacity, Cross said that means the restaurant can only seat 35 people at a time.

Some changes have been made to the restaurant’s menu.

“We don’t have steaks right now due to the beef shortages,” Cross said.

When A Little Taste of Texas was doing curbside food service, it made some changes in its hours. On Friday, since the restaurant is able to reopen its dining room, it has gone back to its normal hours. They are: Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday thru Thursday nights are 4 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday nights are 4 to 9 p.m. No lunch on Saturdays and the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

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