From tossed chairs to distorted heating lamps, Mother Nature made restaurant owners aware of its presence on Monday.
“We actually have three, but unfortunately, one of them was destroyed today in the storm,” Toro Loco’s chef and owner, Anthony Camilleri said of the “igloo” he and the restaurant partner bought.
Small cabinets for outdoor dining have recently become a hot item in Farmington.
Chef Camilleri believes they are a safe point of sale, supporting his employees during this pandemic.
“When I say the phone rings, it rings for people who want to book a room,”; Camilleri said.
But last week, a new regulation was added to the state’s restaurant guidelines.
“A private party and / or igloo on a table or other small area is prohibited at this time,” the regulations state.
This surprised the owner with whom we spoke.
“I think it’s like the handcuffs in a shabby industry, so many of us are struggling to survive,” Camilleri said.
Millwright’s chef and owner in Simsbury, Tyler Anderson, was planning to build seven more of these greenhouses, but their plans were halted until Monday afternoon when they had an exception from the sub. state.
“What we focus on is the ventilation and the new air that goes into those vehicles, into those structures. To the extent that there is a ventilation system similar to the indoor dining room, we will be comfortable with that, ”said David Lehman, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economy and Community Development.
Anderson said he was delighted that his initial complaint on Facebook caught the attention of state leaders.
But, “my problem is, what if I wasn’t a ‘celebrity chef’ and I have a little mum and a pop restaurant,” he said while putting quotes when saying “famous chef.”
The statewide decision was disastrous for many people, he said.
“So restaurants across the state and across the state are spending money without trying to run it,” said Anderson, who also owns a Ta-Que food truck and catering provider. Suddenly, this rule was introduced. Beverage service for The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford and The Blake Hotel in New Haven.
During the governor’s COVID-19 press conference on Monday, Lehman said it would work with the CT Restaurant Association for future solutions.
Scott Dolch, chief executive of CRA, said the association is “working tirelessly to try through the right guidelines for all restaurants and facilities looking for closed external structures inside. these colder months ”.
All of this as Monday’s weather reminds us that picnic is not ready for winter.
“We want to work with these restaurants and we will let them use and capitalize on what they’ve invested in this week, but really ventilation is key to reducing the spread,” said Lehman. lan.