Tulsa eating places open quickly, make changes amid coronavirus pandemic

When restaurants open their dining rooms on Friday, things look very different.

The doors to GOAT Bar & Kitchen in Tulsa have been open for a few weeks, but all the co-owners James and Nabil Alame saw are empty tables and chairs.

“When we found this corner, we knew it was the right place,” said James Alame.

After planning and preparing for more than a year to open The GOAT near 3rd and Kenosha, they finally started serving food on March 16.

“We’ll be closed at midnight the next day,” said James.

Since then, the GOAT has relied on word of mouth and social media to serve takeaway food. On Friday, James says her dining room will be open – with lots of precautions.

“It’s still 50 percent full, we have extra plumbing, toilet stations, and we’re checking customers for symptoms,” said James.

The state requires restaurants to spread tables 6 feet apart, which The GOAT does.

James said that they also spread the bar stools and that most of his staff will be wearing masks.

But not every restaurant plans to come back on Friday.

McNellie’s group owner said they will slowly be reopening patios next week, but only for reservations.

Bricktown Brewery executives said they will be opening their restaurants in a staggered process over the next few weeks.

Kilkenny’s and Nola’s say they won’t open their dining rooms until further notice.

James said they were ready to safely serve their food and drinks.

“We’re very excited that you are coming out and trying us,” said James.

James said he was no stranger to Tulsa’s food scene. His father is Tally Alame with Tally’s Good Food Cafe, and he said Tally’s plans to reopen on Friday as well.

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