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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

‘A scary time:’ restaurants hope COVID spike won’t slow Downtown

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Restaurants are in a tough spot, worried a COVID spike will slow business. For some, the next ten days can change everything. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership kicks off the annual Dine Downtown. The 30 participating restaurants are offering three-course meals at fixed prices: $25, $35, and $45.

“We saw an increase in sales today, which has helped us tremendously and we are very grateful for that,” said Jessica Scangos, general manager of Midtown Sushi.

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This is an opportunity for restaurants to attract more customers at a time when business slows down after the holidays.

“It’s important to support them because they want to be open. They have families to support,” said Charlotte Hearns.

Vital support comes with the fast-spreading Omicron version in difficult times. California’s positive rate continues to rise beyond the highest level at any point in the pandemic. Scangos says this is a concern for the restaurant.

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“Not only with our sales, but with our employees as well. It’s hard to bring people up when we know our lives are on the line. This is an important task. We want to make sure people get food, but we have to make sure we stay safe for ourselves,” Scangos told CBS13.

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Restaurants are banking on support after the pandemic was reversed last year with only takeout. They are now hoping that another COVID spike will not impede their return.

“It is also a scary time for us to have tables for people and then not show people. It’s scary for everyone,” said Shelby Davis, general manager of The Porch. “So, for this week that started years ago, it really makes a difference. Because last year this time we were just taking out. So, it’s really exciting to dine-in.”

“Just being able to taste good food and being able to taste the same food and see other people, that would be cool,” Hearns said.

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Dine Downtown runs until January 17th.


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