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Miami-area restaurants are taking all the necessary precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Miami-area restaurants are taking all the necessary precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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How Miami Restaurants and Bars Are Preparing for Coronavirus

Nothing is more social than meeting a date or a group of friends for a meal or a few drinks.

That's precisely the problem Miami restaurants and bars are facing: How do you make your establishment safe for people during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Miami restaurateurs are responding by implementing additional safety procedures, such as offering hand sanitizers to guests, sealing to-go orders, and cleaning everything from doorknobs to menus.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of restaurants that have implemented safety measures in response to coronavirus. This story will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you are a restaurant or bar owner who wants to share information, email cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

50 Eggs (Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Chica, and Spring Chicken). All 50 Eggs restaurants are implementing additional cleaning protocols, including frequent disinfecting practices that concentrate on all high-touch surfaces, such as tables, chairs, bar tops, restrooms, door handles, and railings. To ensure the safety of employees and guests, there are increased virus prevention and sanitation efforts in the dining rooms and kitchens to safeguard every square inch of the restaurants. The restaurant group has also adopted a “no one works sick” policy, which provides sick pay to all of its employees, encouraging everyone to seek medical attention if they show signs of illness prior to coming to work.

B.C. Tacos. All kitchen employees and front-of-house food runners will wear gloves. A hand-washing sink in the dining room will be stocked with soap and will be accessible to everyone. Whenever possible, the front of the house is cleaning doors and door handles with sanitizer. All to-go orders will be stapled shut before delivery.

Batch Gastropub. Batch Hospitality Group ensures the safety of employees and customers with intensive sanitation policies, daily health walks, utilization of a daily disinfecting regiment through a cleaning company, and regularly scheduled deep cleaning (with bleach and heat) of high traffic areas through a contracted service provider. Egress doorways will all be hands free (including restrooms), an automatic hand sanitizer station will be at the entrance of the restaurants, and hand sanitizer wipes will be provided to guest at tables/bar before service. All employees will be wearing gloves during service, bar space and all tables will be sanitized between use, and again in front of guests when being seated. All menus and table top items (salt/pepper shakers, etc.) will be sanitized between use, and paper delivery bags will all be rolled and stapled before leaving the restaurant. Bar garnishes will only be offered upon request, single-use plastic cups are available upon request, bar stools will be removed, and tables will be seated further apart to create greater distances between groups. Batch is offering to reschedule any and all events at no cost for any pre-existing bookings. Most importantly, any employees who feel ill are being permitted to take as much time off as necessary to recover fully.

Biscayne Bay Brewing. The establishment will clean the following items after each use, utilizing fresh cleaning cloths and disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest can come in contact with including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible by customers. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick.

Brimstone Restaurant Group (Brimstone Woodfire Grill and Beach House). All prep surfaces have soap and sanitizer on hand and are sterilized each step of the way during meal preparation, and all personnel involved in food prep practice safe, sanitary food handling and wear gloves. All tables, chairs and booths are sanitized with single-use sanitizer wipes and/or sanitizer spray and instant hand sanitizer stations are being installed at all restaurants. Any employees who feel ill or exhibit symptoms are excluded from the operation until cleared to return to work by a doctor.

Caja Caliente.  The establishment will clean the following items after each use, utilizing fresh cleaning cloths and disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest can come in contact with including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible by customers. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick.

Calle 23.  The establishment will clean the following items after each use, utilizing fresh cleaning cloths and disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest can come in contact with including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible by customers. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick.

Charly's Vegan Tacos. All staff has been instructed to sanitize constantly. Anyone who thinks they're even a little sick is advised to stay home. In addition, delivery is available on GrubHub and Uber Eats.

Ciao Cucina & Bar. This popular Wilton Manors eatery has implemented touchless delivery, where food is packed in a special to-go bag that seals. In addition, Ciao has increased the frequency in which it completes sanitation checks, and door handles and other surfaces are being sanitized throughout the day. The restaurant has mandated continued daily staff training to review health and safety procedures, and it is expected that staff stays home if they are not feeling well.

Cleo. Hostess, server, and bar staff have all been briefed by managers about coronavirus in dedicated meetings, with everyone required to thoroughly wash their hands every 30 minutes. All menus, equipment (like POS systems), and other surfaces are being sanitized throughout the day.

Concrete Beach. The Wynwood brewery is closing its tap room for a week, stating, "The health and safety of our drinkers, coworkers and community is our top priority, and we’re taking additional measures to ensure their well-being. Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to close Concrete Beach Brewery for a week, starting today, Friday, March 13 and have canceled all tap room events during the month of March. We are continuing to evaluate and will update accordingly."

The Deck at Island Gardens. The Deck at Island Gardens is providing antibacterial soap  and sanitizer at all back of house and bus stations, and gloves for bartenders, kitchen, and bus staff. Servers are washing hands after all table interaction. There is hourly cleaning of all bathrooms, kitchen, and dining area, and all serving items, glassware, and dishes will be additionally disinfected with white vinegar. There is sanitizer at valet and host desk, and any staff member who has traveled internationally will be subkject to an individual wellness meeting.

Denny's. Denny's has announced it is upping its cleanliness, and will place hand sanitizing stations at all locations. If guests have any questions or concerns, they can call the guest line at 1-800-733-6697. In addition, the restaurant chain offers curbside pickup and delivery at dennys.com.

Diced. Diced is disinfecting all high touch areas every 15 minutes during peak times and every half hour during slow periods. Team members will use a new glove for each guest, and all staff members will use gloves and wash hands frequently. All employees will receive free virus screenings from health partner, Baptist Health. Diced is requesting that customers pay with credit cards, use hand sanitizer when entering, and use a complimentary glove when paying at the register.

Dirty Burgers. The establishment will clean the following items after each use, utilizing fresh cleaning cloths and disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest can come in contact with including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible by customers. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick.

Dirty Rabbit. Using fresh cleaning cloths and disinfectants that are effective against coronavirus, the establishment will clean the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all customers will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick.

Eating House. Eating House staff is using 100 percent Lysol for all cleaning. The restaurant is providing large pump dispensers of Purell for guests when they walk in and will be given Purell wipes at the end of the meal. Chef/owner Giorgio Rapicavoli is also developing a take-out/make-at-home meal program.

Ethos Greek Bistro. This Coconut Creek eatery has implemented touchless delivery, where food is packed in a special to-go bag that seals. In addition, Ethos has increased the frequency with which it completes sanitation checks, and door handles and other surfaces are being sanitized throughout the day. The restaurant has mandated continued daily staff training to review health and safety procedures, and employees are expected to stay home if they are not feeling well.

Fi'lia South Beach. Managers have briefed hostess, server, and bar staff about coronavirus, and everyone is required to thoroughly wash their hands every 30 minutes. All menus, equipment (such as POS systems), and other surfaces are being sanitized throughout the day.

Fiola. The Coral Gables restaurant has announced its heavily increasing cleaning protocol and doubling down on sanitation policies. Effective Monday,  Fiola Miami is offering curbside service. The restaurant has ordered specialty boxes and will roll out a new menu that includes Fiola favorites such as pastas, salads, branzino and steak that can be ordered ahead of time and picked up at the restaurant’s side entrance.

Gourmet Paletas Morelia. The establishment will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all customers will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have been informed to stay home when sick. 

Grateful Hospitality Group (Bird & Bone, Blackbrick, Sakaya Kitchen, and Society BBQ). The Grateful Hospitality Group, led by chef Richard Hales, has implemented several measures for all of its restaurants. Employees must wash their hands every 30 minutes with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In addition, alcohol-based hand rubs are available. All employees must wear gloves, and handshakes with guests are no longer allowed. Tables, chairs, and door handles are to be sanitized every hour or when a guest leaves (whichever is more often). Menus will be sanitized after each use, and bathrooms will be sanitized each hour. Any POS equipment handed to guests will be sanitized after each use. Guests will be given to-go containers and bags to pack their own leftovers. In addition, employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are to stay home.

Jaguar Latin American Kitchen.  The restaurant will disinfest the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything else a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick. 

Juvia Group (Juvia, Sushi Garage, and La Estacion American Brasserie). Juvia Group restaurants have taken precautionary steps to protect employees and guests by removing tables to crete greater social distances.

LIV Nightclub.  LIV Nightclub has temporarily paused operations. The club will refund prepurchased tickets.

Night Owl Cookies. The cookie shop will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, tables, cups, tablets, and anything else a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have also been informed to stay home when sick.

Osaka. The restaurant is rallying staff in a daily briefing about sanitation and proper handwashing practices. Employees have also been told to be on the lookout for any flu-like symptoms. As a general practice, Osaka staff cleans every table with sanitary disposable wipes before, during, and after each rotation and uses sanitary gloves whenever food is handled. The management has ordered several hand-sanitizing stations for both staff and guests and is increasing the cleaning and sanitizing of door handles, rails, and other contact points. Employees are required to stay home if they experience any flu-like symptoms and must be cleared by a doctor to return to work. In addition, guests who cancel reservations owing to illness will not be charged a fee.

Peacock Garden Bistro. The establishment will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have been informed to stay home when sick.

Phuc Yea.  The restaurant will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything that a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have been informed to stay home when sick. 

Pincho (Formerly Pincho Factory). Pincho's partners have added extra requirements and increased the frequency in which they sanitize all restaurant surfaces including door handles, Tables, bathrooms, and in the kitchen. The restaurant chain is also moving away from reusable plates and silverware for the foreseeable future, with pincho bowls and salads now served in 100 percent biodegradable bowls. Team members will hand condiments and utensils to guests who request them. In addition, a menu board will replace all paper menus.

Pollo Tropical. The chicken chain announced the following on Twitter: "For our guests' health and safety we have removed the self serve sauce bar. Prepackaged sauces can sill be requested at the counter."

Red the Steakhouse. The South Beach steakhouse is taking extra precautions in the restaurant o be even more diligent than usual to be clean and to disinfect everything each night and during each service.

Seasins. The restaurant will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything else a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have been informed to stay home when sick.

Shake Shack. Shake Shack has implemented various measures, including disinfecting surfaces more frequently; providing sanitizing wipes at kiosks and condiment stations; and adding more hand sanitizer dispensers for guests. All condiments, utensils, and self-serve items will be handed out by the staff, and all mobile, to-go, and delivery orders will be placed in new fully sealed bags. In addition, Shake Shack offers sick pay to employees and will make sure anyone who feels sick stays home. The company is also monitoring the situation and says there may be times when the company temporarily closes a location if it's in the interest of the safety of the team and community.

Sushi Maki. Sushi Maki is increasing the frequency in which employees disinfect surfaces and are deep cleaning throughout the day. Tabletops are sanitized between each use, using single-use sanitizing wipes/solution.All kiosks and touch screens are constantly sanitized, and the sushi chain has added hand sanitizer dispensers for guests and team members. All mobile, to-go and delivery orders will be placed in closed bags. As of now, the restaurants are open for business during normal business hours, and food is also available online through the Sushi Maki app, website, or third party delivery partners (Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Postmates).

Tacocraft. The restaurant is increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, especially in high-traffic areas. At closing, additional cleaning will be performed. In addition, an employee will be staffed at all times to clean and wipe surfaces during opening hours. Tacocraft items are also available on all third-party delivery apps.

Talavera Cocina Mexicana. The restaurant will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything else a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have been informed to stay home when sick. 

Three Wynwood. In a statement, partner Candace Walsh listed a host of ways that Three was working to provide sanitary conditions for employees and guests. "We are constantly sanitizing every surface. We have hand sanitizer accessible for all guests. Bartenders and runners are wearing gloves. Straws are not being used unless requested and they are presented with wrapping intact. We are respecting social distancing in the restaurant by spacing out tables. We will adapt and change based on the city/county/state guidelines". The restaurant is also offering an Uber Eats menu, available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and will be available through Postmates in a few days. The restaurant's new dining room hours are: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for brunch Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday.

Vandalo. The restaurant will disinfect the following items after each use: menus, salt shakers, tables, cups, tablets, and anything else a guest may come in contact with, including bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. In addition, guests will have access to hand sanitizers in bathrooms, front areas, the bar, and any place else accessible to them. In addition, all clients will receive antiseptic hand wipes before and after each visit. Employees have been informed to stay home when sick.

Vicky Bakery. All Vicky Bakery locations will offer curbside pickup.

Villa Azur. The South Beach restaurant is increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting tabletops, seatbacks, chairs, bathrooms, bar, and many other areas with antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions that meet or exceed industry standards. As an added precaution, guests are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer stations located at the entry/exit of the restaurant. If anyone who has booked an event would like to postpone the date, Villa Azur will accommodate any change of plans and will refund any deposit made for a canceled event booked through April 31.

J. Wakefield Brewing. All draft beers will now be served in one-time-use plastic cups. Staff will wear nitrile gloves while serving beer. All taproom surfaces, including the bar, tabletops, stools, and benches, are being cleaned and disinfected with isopropyl alcohol continually throughout the day. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed by the entrance, to-go area, and restrooms.

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