Since we began serving outside in our patio, our customers have been raving about how safe they feel eating here. We’ve tried to not just follow but exceed the parameters laid out by Governor Baker and both the State and Town of Watertown Health Departments, and we think it’s paid off. We’ve been busy every night, even when the weather wasn’t entirely cooperative, partially because we make the safety of both our patrons and our staff a priority.
One of the keys was the expansion of our garden seating into the adjacent parking area. With the addition of umbrellas, potted plants and patio lighting, this area transformed itself into a comfortable venue. Best of all it allows for maximum social distancing throughout, without coming in contact with public walkways.
Our purveyors, suppliers and repairmen/women have all gotten into the act, taking special care to observe all of the safety protocols including proper packaging, cleanliness, distancing and constant mask-wearing. This health emergency has been as hard on them as on us, and we appreciate their diligence.
Pictured above are Josias from Captain Marden’s Seafood of Wellesley, modeling a matching mask and uniform ensemble as he makes his daily delivery of Salmon, Haddock and Swordfish; and the boss himself, Tony Russo, supervising every detail at A.Russo & Sons, Watertown, suppliers of not only the fruits and vegetables on our plates, but the flowers in our garden.
And within the back-of-the-house, all employees follow safety protocols as specified by the Health Department. Even while prepping the food for service, Abel and Jehovani maintain a safe social distance (pictured below).