Not all restaurants in Slave Lake offering dine-in, just yet

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

At the end of January, Char’s Railway Cafe in Smith started allowing people to eat inside even though this was against the COVID-19 public health measures. However, on February 8, when all restaurants in Alberta were allowed to reopen, many Slave Lake restaurants stuck with take-out and delivery.

On February 8, Toniroz Grill & Restaurant posted on Facebook:

“Due to high numbers of active covid-19 cases in the Slave Lake region, it is in the best interest of our staff and customers not to open dine-in at the moment. We will continue reassessing the situation and will keep you updated once dine-in service is available. We are still open for take out and delivery.”

On the same day, A&W posted:

“Due to the high number of cases in Slave Lake, we will not be opening up for inside dining on February 8. We are still open for takeout and of course our drive-thru. We will assess the situation on a week to week basis.”

However, other restaurants welcomed diners inside. For example, Mr. Mikes posted on Feb. 9 about its first guests on February 8.

In Kinuso, Korner Kitchen is open for dine-in. In Smith, Smith Pizza and Donair opened just in time to offer dine in (for full details see ad in the Feb. 10 Leader).

There are strict limits on dine-in service for at least three weeks after February 8.

These include:

Establishments must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.

Up to a maximum of six people per table is allowed; individuals must be from the same household or the two close contacts for people living alone.
Liquor service ends at 10 p.m.

In-person dining must close by 11 p.m.

Entertainment is not permitted (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music).

Toniroz is one of several restaurants that is sticking with takeout and delivery only for the time being.

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