Indoor dining can resume Thursday, but not every restaurant says it's ready


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Inside Barcelona restaurant in German Village tables are being set 6 feet apart without linens and the staff is getting trained on how to keep themselves and their customers safe.

It's all part of the new rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Owner Scott Heimlich says while the state is allowing restaurants to offer food for dine-in customers, he will not be one of them.

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"We are deep cleaning this restaurant and we also want to watch what happens out there. We want to see how the public is reacting, so June first will be the earliest we open," he says.

Heimlich says when his doors do open, customers will see fewer tables, reservation-only seating at the bar, no walk-in dining and a dedicated sanitarian ready to disinfect every table and chair.

"After the dishes have been removed and the table has been vacated, they will come in and sanitize the tabletop, the chairs and look at the dividers if they need to be wiped down," he says.

Inside Forno in the Short North, Chris Corso says he's also not prepared to open. He says he is still getting conflicting messages from different health departments about what is legal and what isn't.

Specifically, at his Forno restaurant, he says the Columbus' health department told him his shower curtain dividers were approved to help separate tables but was told by the Franklin County's health department they were not OK at Urban Meyer's Pint House in Dublin.

"The Franklin County health department said absolutely not, it has to be a hard surface. They rejected it. The City of Columbus has allowed them," he says.

According to the order, it reads: Where possible, ensure a minimum of 6 feet between parties waiting and when dining, and where not possible, then utilize barriers and other protective devices.

Columbus-based Cameron Mitchell's restaurants are preparing to open to dine-in customers on Thursday.

The following Rusty Bucket locations will be open for curbside carryout, delivery and limited dine-in service beginning May 21:

  • Westerville
  • Upper Arlington
  • Dublin
  • Bexley
  • New Albany
  • Clintonville
  • Hilliard
  • Gahanna
  • Easton Town Center

Cameron Mitchell will also have these dine-in restaurants open Thursday:

  • The Avenue Dublin and Grandview
  • Cameron’s American Bistro
  • Cap City Fine Diner & Bar Dublin, Grandview and Gahanna
  • Hudson 29 New Albany and Upper Arlington
  • Marcella’s Polaris and Short North
  • Molly Woo’s
  • Mitchell’s Ocean Club
  • The Pearl Dublin and Short North
  • The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

You can read the state's order here.

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