Anchorage restaurants allowed to resume indoor dining services at 25% capacity

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:54 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Jared Linzquist and Kelsey Kasper grab lunch at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, something they have not been able to do in a while.

“You get locked up in the house, and here we are cooking every meal,” Linzquist said. “It’s nice to be able to sit somewhere have people be working and have meals made for us.”

They join others for reopening day at the restaurant. Emergency Order 17 enacted by Anchorage Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson allows restaurants to offer dine-in service again. But, only at 25% capacity.

“You know it really feels like we’re getting back into the groove of things,” said Lei Sousa-Sommo, the front house manager. “It’s a fresh start in a lot of ways. We have certainly jumped through a lot of hoops to get here. We have laid down some solid tracks, and it’s nice to be able to pick them up again.”

Restaurants had operated at 50% capacity since the end of August, before Quinn-Davidson’s previous order for December.

“It feels great to have at least 25%,” said Jon Campabello, the owner of Middle Way Cafe and Hearth Artisan Pizza. “It is better than nothing. I think for a dine-in focused restaurant like ours, we are certainly dependent on that dine-in revenue.”

Meanwhile, there’s something else missing at Bear Tooth besides fewer employees since the start of the pandemic — movies. The theater has been converted to an extra dining area. There’s no word when it will once again show movies there.

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