Local restaurants prepare to reopen in Wiggins

A few weeks ago, we showed you how two Wiggins restaurants were adapting to new business strategies in the height of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now, with dining rooms set to reopen tomorrow with restrictions, News 25’s Grant Chighizola stopped by one of those restaurants to see how they plan to keep diners and staff safe.

The signs are all in place for Bill’s Catfish and Steaks to reopen their dining room. Owner Norma Gates said, “Our customers have adapted well to the takeout only, but I think they’re as excited as we are to get in this dining room and have some personal contact with our servers.”

Governor Reeves amended ‘safer at home’ order allows restaurants to resume dine-in services on Thursday with some restrictions. With the Wiggins Board of Aldermen also voting to adopt the governor’s regulations, Bill’s is ready to roll come opening time. “We were not at all surprised at the new guidelines set forth by Governor Reeves, and we plan to follow those to the T. We’re prepared. We’ve got all our supplies, our sanitizing materials, our masks and have even adopted hiring an additional employee just designated for sanitation purposes.”

In the dining room at Bill’s every other table will remain empty as they continue to comply with state guidelines.

Gates says there’s still uncertainty over how business will be once they reopen and they’ll still continue curbside pickup for those who prefer that option. “I don’t know if it’ll be like, you know, our first opening days, if everybody will flock here or if they’re going to continue to be cautious.”

But no matter the crowd, Bill’s will be there to serve the community with good food in a safe manner. “More important than ever with the virus going around, so we know what we need to do and we’re prepared.”

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