Petaluma Restaurants Hit By COVID-19

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Photo by Charlie Sabella

Beyond the Glory take out area.

Charlie Sabella

As COVID-19 made its way into Sonoma County in late March 2020, restaurants in town were forced to cease all in-person service and move to take out, delivery, curbside pick-up, or drive-through only. Our local restaurant industry has taken a significant hit because of the shelter in place order and the mask-wearing requirements for being out in public. 

Beyond the Glory, a local sports bar and grill in town located in the Kohl’s shopping center has moved to do take out and delivery during the crisis. Typically a packed house on a Friday night, Beyond the Glory today sees the opposite of their normal — all the chairs put up and a few people coming in to get their take out orders. Manager Staci Ingli explained how the pandemic has impacted its restaurant operations. 

“COVID has shut the operation completely down, we are only having family working and a few kitchen team members,” said Inglin. 

“[Beyond the Glory] did not do any delivery services before COVID, we would offer takeout if someone ordered over the phone but never really pushed take out as much as we are now.” 

Inglin also mentioned how Beyond the Glory has recently partnered with Petaluma Food Taxi and started online ordering as operations have shifted to purely take out orders.

 “We don’t feel like business will return as usual right away, so we are going to try other delivery services such as DoorDash, Grubhub, or Ubereats, but have not made a decision yet,” said Inglin. 

Many local businesses like Beyond the Glory have also diverted to using external delivery platforms to keep customers coming in during this time of uncertainty in our community. Once all shelter in place orders has been lifted, Beyond the Glory plans to have a soft grand reopening to welcome the customers back to the restaurant, which will be by invitation only.

The Chicago Pizzeria is used to many takeout and delivery orders, as it is already set up to be a quick-service restaurant. Owner Maly Keo explains how COVID-19 has impacted her business.  

“With the shelter in place orders, business has not been good at all. It has been hard to stay open with the lack of customers, from the end of March to early April, the business was very slow. But, I have been able to keep all my eight employees and just cut their hours a small portion. In the last couple of weeks, the Petaluma community has started to order more often than before, but still not to the normal level as before,” said Keo. 

No one can predict when Petaluma will return to social normalcy, but some are wondering what the new normal will look like. Both Inglin and Keo made a point of saying how nobody is sure when Petaluma will be up and running again. Both the Chicago Pizzeria and Beyond the Glory are offering take out and delivery options during this time.

Photo by Charlie Sabella
Photo by Charlie Sabella
Photo by Charlie Sabella
Beyond the Glory take out area.