Saint-Louis restaurant industry also hopes for a happy mother’s day

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It could be their first big day since COVID-19 and its restrictions have thrown a wrench into our restoration rituals

ST. LOUIS – This weekend could mark an important milestone for the restaurant industry in Saint-Louis. Mother’s Day Sunday could be the first big restaurant day since COVID-19 began, with its restrictions.

Bakery owner Nathaniel Reid in Kirkwood politely declined to discuss preparations for Mother’s Day early Saturday morning. The line of customers waiting to enter explained why.

At Grace Meat + Three in the Grove, social distancing will be in place in the dining room for Mother’s Day, and the staff are stocking up on hot honey and barbecue sauce.

Owner Rick Lewis said, “We are showcasing our chicken and waffles so we’re doing like a bigger whole bird, four waffles and mimosas for Mother’s Day.”

With the easing of COVID restrictions, Mother’s Day could be the biggest day the restaurant industry has seen in a long time.

Squires on Lafayette Square is getting ready. Social distancing reminders are in place. But the staff had to go through a Saturday lunch rush before they could focus on a big Mother’s Day.

Sales and Events Director Michael Mistretta said they will feature bottomless mimosas and loaded bloody Marys.

“We have these two rooms,” said Mistretta, standing in the main dining room, “the patio, and then we also have brunch in our annex, which is our largest event space. It will be a buffet served. It’s a service because, obviously, with the COVID protocol, we can’t get customers to go to a buffet, so it’s a safe, controlled, serviced, and socially remote buffet.

Some restaurants report that they are not giving up their take out activities on Mother’s Day. In fact, the opposite is true. Some restaurants are expanding take-out orders for those who aren’t quite ready for dinner.

If things go well, Mother’s Day could turn out to be a happy one for more than just moms.



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