Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Created: June 16, 2020 04:57 PM
AVERILL PARK - Now that coronavirus restrictions are being relaxed, people can finally go out to dinner again. "Out" being the key word these days.
Indoor dining has strict capacity limits, so outdoor seating has become all the rage.
At Kay's Pizza in Averill Park, an off-season upgrade that was supposed to create a waiting area has become an al fresco dining room, and is helping them stay open for business.
They're a seasonal business – but this season, opening day was pushed back as they figured out a plan for all take out, and reconfigured their parking lot for it.
They had to figure out a way to switch all the wait staff to organizing all the takeout orders.
Co-owner James Lilly says his staff has been great – even giving up their onsite parking spots to accommodate what was supposed to be a boardwalk-style waiting area before outdoor dining suddenly became part of their business model.
They can seat about 80 people in their outdoor space. It's about 60 less than what their former indoor capacity was – which will be cut significantly when inside dining resumes.
They're operating on a somewhat limited menu due to supply issues. However, their household specialties are still going strong.
Learn about some of their specialty pizzas by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.
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