OTTAWA — CRAFT Beer Market has re-opened its Lansdowne Park location in Ottawa for patio dining. The restaurant chose to wait a few days after the government’s re-opening date of June 12 to ensure all staff were trained with the new health-and-safety protocols.
“The health and safety of our guests and team is our number-1 priority and is at the forefront of every decision we make,” says PJ L’Heureux, president and founder of CRAFT Beer Market. “We want to thank our loyal guests for their support and trust in us while we adjust to the new demands our industry faces.”
CRAFT has received an extension to double the size of the existing patio, which allows for more space to accommodate social-distancing measures, and is looking forward to re-opening the inside of the restaurant in the near future. The size of the restaurant, 10,000-sq.-ft. inside and the patio, along with operating at a reduced capacity, will provide ample space for guests to dine while maintaining social distancing.
“We are fortunate to have a large restaurant that is comparable in size to some grocery stores,” says L’Heureux. “That enables us to implement measures to maintain safe distances between guests while they are dining.”
New health and safety protocols being implemented include:
- operating at 50-per-cent capacity
- contactless payment options
- staff temperature checks at the beginning of each shift
- digital and single-use, recyclable menus
- seating every other table to maintain at least two metres between guests
- increased sanitization of high-contact touch points and bathrooms
- hand sanitizer at each table
“We are looking forward to bringing back our team members and welcoming guests,” adds L’Heureux. “We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty for people as we navigate the new normal and we are here whenever people are ready to dine out again.”
The location will be open seven days a week and will continue to offer curbside pickup and delivery, which will now include the restaurant’s full menu of food, beer, wine and spirits.