It’s possible that in the next few days, you may be able to visit your favorite Sacramento restaurant again. Then again, maybe not.
While Sacramento is poised to enter Stage 2 of statewide COVID-19 regulations, dining rooms could only reopen under very specific conditions that include social distancing, and not every restaurant can meet those guidelines.
Despite vegan restaurants being a fairly small niche, some eateries have stayed open and thrived during the pandemic. Burger Patch told SN&R in an interview last month that it hired additional staff. New kid on the East Sac block Pure Soul Plant-Based Eats, with its small retail space, relied on its take-out menu from the start.
Still, some of my favorite vegan food in town is served by omni-restaurants that remain closed entirely, or are offering abbreviated to-go menus and have yet to make announcements about reopening or expanding services.
But when a restaurant’s layout doesn’t allow for proper distancing, its owners are concerned about staff health and safety, or its finances just don’t allow it, you may not be seated in a favorite dining room any time soon. And there are people like me who believe the reopening is coming too soon.
So to Kasbah and its vegan gyro: I miss you. To Pushkin’s scrambled tofu: I miss you. To Simpleton, where waffles were vegan by default: I miss you too. I hope to see you all again soon. Not now, but soon.