On perfect day for outdoor dining, Durham restaurants begin to reopen
Durham restaurateurs had to wait a week longer than their Triangle fellows to welcome diners back for table service. That gave them additional days to work out how to protect employees and patrons.Posted — Updated
"Oh my gosh, it really feels like we’re opening for the first time again," he said.
"It was great to interact with customers through curbside, but this will be really cool and exciting to see people, to just kind of enjoy what we’ve created."
At Namu, at 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., has a large outdoor space where diners will be welcomed to enjoy the restaurant's "creative Korean fare & craft coffee."
"We’re calling it picnic at Namu gardens," Choi said. "We’re not opening the inside yet. We’re just going to open the beautiful garden, because one of the biggest selling points of what we do here is the garden."
"We won't make a profit until we’re back up to 100%. Restaurants work on a very thin margin," Choi said. "No restaurant could make money working at 50% capacity because rent is way too high. The overhead costs are way too high for us to operate at 50% and make any real profit."
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