HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope your holidays were magical and that you’re looking as forward to 2022 as much as I am. As much work as the next few weeks will bring, the forecasts predicting that this (expletive) Omicron is going to burn itself out in our very near future brings tremendous hope, joy and relief.
In the meantime, we’re going to be changing a couple things in anticipation of Omicron’s peak here in Oregon over the next few weeks. With 41 employees whose livelihoods depend upon Tavern, this simple plan is the most balanced course of action that I can imagine given real healthcare concerns, the plethora of available resources to mitigate them, and needing to keep my employees feeding their families.
We will be closing on Monday and Tuesdays for a few weeks, starting on the17th and reopening for 7-day service no earlier than the 31st and no later than February 9th. This is just a short-term precaution to ensure that we can staff completely (and safely) and offer the kind of service you’re used to while omicron peaks. I have heard stories of restaurants cancelling on guests the “day-of” because they had a staff shortage and I have heard stories of restaurants working employees they probably shouldn’t have. Closing just two days will (hopefully) allow Tavern to keep its promises and standards and doing so with a clear conscience.
We will be removing two tables from the dining room and tables from the bar to return to greater “social distancing” spacing for the next few weeks. As well as helping to limit your exposure to just the friends you trust to sit down with, this should allow us to do the best job possible with one fewer server if our staff gets hit harder than we’re preparing for.
If you have good reason to believe that you can safely dine out for lunch or dinner, please join us while we’re open. If you have any doubts, give it a couple weeks before you come in. We have done and will do everything in our power to keep you as safe as we can – while feeding you as well as we can – while feeding our staff to the best of our ability. We humbly and respectfully ask that you join us in keeping everyone as safe as you can, too.