Friday afternoon, Oregon Governor Kate Brown approved Clackamas County to begin Phase 1 of the Coronavirus reopening plan. Entering Phase 1 means that they “are ready to begin easing restrictions on local gatherings and allowing restaurants, salons and gyms to open as soon as they are able to meet state safety guidelines.” Many establishments, but not all, will choose to open for seated service in Happy Valley, Oregon City, Milwaukie, Sandy, Estacada, Lake Oswego, Clackamas, and Wilsonville among others.
We contacted some of the breweries, taprooms, and pubs for information on how they are responding to the announcement. Here are some of their plans.
Vanguard Brewing will be reopening today at 3 p.m. for “customers to enjoy our taproom and beer garden.” They’ll continue online ordering and home delivery service as well, and have reconfigured their establishment to accommodate social distancing restrictions.
They will be opening up regular taproom service starting today, noon to 10 p.m., in addition to continuing to offer online ordering for pick-up and delivery services.
“We have spent the last several weeks reviewing the draft and final versions of the Phase 1 guidelines and have planned accordingly to meet or exceed all the requirements. We are certainly aware of the need to cautiously move into the re-opening phase and with the space we have and our additional outside seating, we feel confident that we can maintain a safe environment for our customers and employees.”
They’re going to stay to-go only for now. “Our space is small, so it would be hard to have more than a few seats with the current guidelines. We are working with the city on some possible ideas for outdoor seating, but right now it doesn’t make sense.”
They’re planning on opening up the patio for service next weekend May 29-31. All food and beverages will be served in disposable containers / cups, and they will have porta potties available. They’ll also have their two patio windows in action: one for beer and one for food, with around 20 beers on tap and another 12 beers to-go that are freshly canned.
They are planning on being open for customers from noon to 9pm daily starting today.
“We have been able to expand our outdoor seating to enable us to spread out our tables 6 feet apart, and we have only 1/2 our seating inside to accommodate the rules. The procedure details are still getting worked out.”
They don’t have a date of when they will resume on-premise but they “have been making preparations for it.” When they determine a date and the specifics that they will have implemented to open safely, we will update it here.
They are opening today but because of the short notice will only have seating available outside on their deck and patio at first, and will be following strict social distancing standards. Seating will be by reservation only, so please give them advance notice by calling (503) 723-6789 to reserve a table. Groups will be limited to a maximum of six people.
From their Facebook page:
“Our community’s health and safety is extremely important to us, so please help keep each other and our staff safe by bringing masks, and following social distancing guidelines by maintaining a six foot distance from other customers. For those who are still isolating, we will continue to offer takeout, which we bring out to your car, minimizing contact.”
Bent Shovel Beer Garden is open at noon today. Social distancing rules apply. “We are open for pints starting today at noon and planning normal hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.”
Opening today, will adhere to Phase 1 guidelines and will have their outside seating area available to help with social distancing.
From their Facebook page:
We assure you that we will do our best to provide a comfortable and safe environment for you to enjoy a tasty beverage and some wonderful food. We look forward to seeing all of you and hope everyone enjoys this Memorial Day weekend.
John Chilson writes about Portland history and architecture at Lost Oregon. He's also written for Neighborhood Notes, Travel Oregon, Portland Architecture, Askmen.org, San Diego Reader, and Portland Food and Drink. Follow him on twitter at @LostOregon for local history nerdism; for beer tweets he's at @Hopfrenzy. Shoot him an email at email@example.com if you want to get in touch.