Taps is known for its recognizable temporary summer patio out front, which allows for customers to eat at a social distance as the bar and restaurant reopens. (Cruz Chiappa photo)

Taps is known for its recognizable temporary summer patio out front, which allows for customers to eat at a social distance as the bar and restaurant reopens. (Cruz Chiappa photo)

Golden restaurants set to reopen in line with provincial guidelines

Taps and Reposados are just two restaurants that are expanding their service in the coming days

As B.C. looks to head into Phase Three of the Restart BC plan, businesses in Golden are starting to reopen in compliance with the adjusted provincial guidelines.

The Golden Taps Pub reopened on Thursday, June 18, after almost three months of being closed due to COVID-19.

“We wanted to see how it plays out, we didn’t want to jump in too quick and have something go down and have to shut down again,” said Cruz Chiappa, the manager of Taps.

“When other restaurants opened we wanted to see how they were running it and learn from them and take our time.”

When customers go to Taps, they’ll have the option of eating indoors or outdoors in one of four tables available on either their front or back patios.

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Usually, Taps has up to eight tables available outside, but have reduced their capacity by 50 per cent per the provincial guidelines and social distancing requirements.

“It’s not gonna be like it was before for sure, there’s got to be a lot less mingling,” said Chiappa.

“I know thats a big reason people come here, to go around and see people and friends, but that’s not how this is supposed to work.

“It’s an adjustment for everyone and it’s one we all have to make and that’s just a part of the new world for the time being.”

Chiappa says the pub has set up barriers between booths and spread out tables in order to help with social distancing.

Their menu is now offered online as well, so customers don’t have to handle a physical copy and risk transmission.

There will be printed copies available to those who don’t have access to their online version, with each printed menu getting thrown out after its use.

Reposados, another restaurant in the downtown core, is also looking at expanding their current hours in the next few days.

With the new bylaw that allows for more patios in town, Reposados has installed a temporary outdoor patio in order to serve more customers.

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“We’re super stoked and so happy and excited for this,” said Jenna Luz, one of the Reposados co-owners.

“It helps keep the town safe making sure that there’s a safe places to heat big enough to have people six feet part and it helps make more happening downtown and brings people in.”

“We need this, we wouldn’t survive without the patio,” added Mel Pollock, another of the restaurant’s owners.

“We have a community feel right on the main street with sunshine and margaritas and nothing but good vibes.”

While they look at expanding their hours, the two owners say they’ll also be keeping their taco shack open for take-out.

“It’ll be nice to see our regulars faces again rather than just from across the street,” said Chiappa.

Taps will be open with their regular hours from before the pandemic, while Reposados is opening six days a week according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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