Split images from a Facebook post by Barefoot Bernie's showing the problem Heavy ordering for takeout at the same time as orders for inside dining is happening.

Split images from a Facebook post by Barefoot Bernie’s showing the problem Heavy ordering for takeout at the same time as orders for inside dining is happening.

For our Outer Banks restaurants it seems as though the past few months can be described as out of the frying pan and into the fire.

When Governor Cooper ordered restaurants to close in April, he did allow to go orders to continue. Even the finest dining Outer Banks restaurants switched immediately to a takeout menu still featuring the fine dining foods they were known for.

The dining room prohibition has been lifted, although seating, to insure social distancing, is limited to 50% of capacity.

A couple of things have happened.

Why Restaurants Are Understaffed

Perhaps most significantly, the labor pool that we usually see on the Outer Banks during the summer just didn’t show up this year. The time when the bridges were closed contributed to that as has concerns about COVID-19.

As a consequence our restaurants are understaffed and understaffed with still training personnel.

Our visitors have certainly come back (thank you!), but our restaurants are scrambling to take care of their customers.

What has happened is that visitors, recognizing that finding a seat in a restaurant may be a problem have opted for takeout meals. There are, though, still a number of people who want to sit down to a meal in a restaurant.

The result is there’s a lot of takeout orders being placed at the same time orders are coming in from diners in the restaurant and all of that is being handled by a staff that isn’t quite trained yet, and there’s not enough of them.

The folks at Barefoot Bernie’s in Kitty Hawk posted a great message on that subject the other day, but the problem is universal. Even the most casual conversation with a restaurant manager or owner quickly moves to concerns about an overworked staff, trying their best even though they’re not completely trained yet.

So…please be patient when ordering in or takeout from our wonderful restaurants. Your patience will be rewarded.

While visiting us here on the Outer Banks don’t forget to use the three W’s: Wear a face covering; Wash your hands; Wait six feet from other people.

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