California Restaurant Adapts to Lockdown

New, stricter lockdown measures in California are closing down more and more small business owners.

Up in the scenic mountain town of Truckee, Zano’s Family Italian Pizzeria has served locals and tourists alike for 17 years. The owner, Timbo Brown, has adapted his business to fit government restrictions.

One such change is with outdoor dining. During California’s first lockdown, outside seating at restaurants was allowed. Brown said that the local Truckee government gave restaurant owners grants to establish outside dining. However, the state government has now banned that too.

The changing measures, according to Brown, are the hardest thing for fellow restaurant owners to deal with.

So to adapt he is slowly incorporating a marketplace to go with take-out orders. And he is keeping his customers in mind.

Brown said he expects an annual surge of tourists during this year’s holiday season. Though operations are different at the moment, he looks forward to things going back to how they were.