MANCHESTER, N.H. (WWLP) – It’s a no-go for dining in Massachusetts restaurants, per Governor Baker’s reopening plan that won’t happen until Phase 2. But it’s a different story in neighboring New Hampshire, where customers can wine and dine once again.
Granite State eateries are hoping to put a big bite back in their pockets after getting the go ahead to begin onsite dining Monday. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu granting this step to help reopen the economy, but establishments have some strict guidelines to obey.
The Airport Diner in Manchester has adapted to the new protocol. Outside dining only for the time being and still remaining socially distant. The General Manager tells 22News face masks are a must and only one person can use the restroom at a time. Even with this extensive checklist he’s happy with the progress.
“The first group of guests we had today showed up at 9 o’clock today with towels and they sat in the rain on their beach towels and had a great time,” said Gordon Fogal. “We were so happy to see them cause they were our first customers in two months.”
22News spoke with diners who told us the feeling is mutual.
“We love the Airport Diner,” Tami Houston said. “I think it’s amazing it’s so great to be out and about and not stuck in our yard or in the house. And I think it’s past time to open things up and let adults be adults and make our own decisions.”
In an effort to keep things this way Fogal says they’ll be stepping up sanitation and screening employees before their shift begins. He’s also hopeful the weather will bring out more customers. Their space allows for 48 guests to dine at one time.