Portland’s Food Service Community Reacts to a Year of Whiplash

At the end of March, Bar West owner Summer Triato reopened her Northwest Portland restaurant for indoor and outdoor dining. She moved some spaced seating into an adjoining room — usually set aside for events — and expanded the outdoor patio. The first weekend was so busy, Triato felt compelled to start hiring more servers and kitchen staff. Within a month, Gov. Kate Brown announced that restaurants would have to shut down indoor seating for the third time since March 2020. “We have 16 people on staff right now, but we’re fully staffed for indoor and outdoor and an extra day a week,” Triato told Eater on May 4.

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