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Customers across Jackson arrive early to take advantage of dine in seating

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 17:47:42-05

JACKSON, Mich. — A sight for sore eyes. Restaurant parking lots are filling up in Jackson. It's the first day of the return to indoor dining and residents are hungry to eat at their favorite spots.

The coffee is brewing. The cooks are in the kitchen and the customers are happy at Vandercook Lake's Bone Island Grille.

Bone Island Grille

And, for Sam Garcia when he heard the news that he could take his daughter to this establishment, he said, "I was out of work for a few months etcetera etcetera but seeing her boredom and I’m not the only one. You know I know there’s a lot of parents out there that are just as happy as I am being able to step out of their comfort zone and be able to have fun with their children and that’s a big relief...at least for me.”

For Liz Wiginton who has owned Crazy Cowboy since 2018, she's just ready for people to come in and be able to try their homemade tacos.

Customers dine-in at The Crazy Cowboy

“Some people are still concerned about coming in and that’s totally fine. We’re still doing curbside," said Wiginton. "If you want you can still get your to-go orders. Please. I mean we still need the to-go orders as much as the dine-in. We are asking people to write down their names and telephone numbers just so we can do a coronavirus check if need be. Please pray to God we don’t need to."

For other customers, coming out to eat was about showing love.

"We love the environment and you know just getting out," said Jackson resident Casey Reichard. "Being able to have a breakfast at a sit down place is amazing."

Even though restaurants can be open, they're limited to 25% capacity as well as a curfew throughout the state.

Dirty Bird

"I don’t love the capacity. I wish it was higher. Maybe like 50%. I think we’re still going to see a struggle with the smaller bars," said Jackson resident Travis Coffelt.

The statewide curfew is 10 p.m. every night affecting restaurants and bars.

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