Captain Bill’s, on Ocean Avenue in Bay Shore, is one of several restaurants offering indoor dining in Islip Bulletin’s coverage area. Most importantly, the restaurant is dedicated to …
Captain Bill’s, on Ocean Avenue in Bay Shore, is one of several restaurants offering indoor dining in Islip Bulletin’s coverage area. Most importantly, the restaurant is dedicated to following all the guidelines set forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Fortunately for us, [reopening business] was rolled out in stages, so it made everything easier to adjust and meet all the guidelines,” said Mike Korb, the owner of Captain Bill’s.
All staff wear masks at all times, and customers must wear a mask unless seated at their table. And those who call in to make a reservation receive a verbal disclaimer that they must wear a mask whenever not seated at their table while visiting the restaurant.
“Just to make sure that all our patrons follow all the guidelines and rules, that is our biggest challenge,” Korb said. “It is people that just forget that they should be wearing a mask.”
Additionally, Korb pointed out that the restaurant’s rule of thumb for distancing tables is 10 feet. Also, Captain Bill’s normally operates as a catering hall in addition to a restaurant.
“Being that there is no catering [yet], we are able to use more of the space that is available to the catering, which allows us to space,” he said.
Korb said that the menu has seen adjustments and concessions.
“Obviously, you cannot do your full menu. You streamline it, being both cost-conscious and also to be effective and efficient in serving,” he said. “I think you are seeing that in most of the restaurants.”
Considering that it is summertime and that it is permitted, both indoor and outdoor dining are options at several restaurants, including Captain Bill’s.
“We offer both indoor and outdoor dining for those people who are not comfortable eating indoors, even though we space more than six feet,” Korb added. “We make the options available to the people, whichever they choose.”
Korb said that above all, though, following the health and safety guidelines disseminated by the government is of pinnacle importance in the restaurant industry.