Orlando area dinner shows remain closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Theaters sit empty. Employees have either been laid off or furloughed. Performers, servers and guest service staff wait eagerly for the return of laughter, cheers, action and guest interaction. How will that look when our beloved dinner shows reopen? Nobody is for certain until there is a vaccination for Covid-19, but here are a few things the wise guys at Capone’s Dinner & Show anticipate.
Buffet Service at Orlando Area Dinner Shows
Prior to the State mandate to shut down mid-March, buffet service at Capone’s had already adapted to a new way of doing things. Instead of guests helping themselves at the buffet, employees assisted guests by dishing out their selections for them. This prevented multiple people from handling utensils. No doubt, traditional buffet service is a thing of the past until a solution for Covid-19 is available to the public.
We also anticipate guests being spread further apart when shows are able to resume. This will be welcomed by some guests who like to distance themselves from other parties. However, those that enjoyed interacting with others next to them or across the table may have to wait for that feature to return. Nevertheless, Capone’s is prepared to meet the capacity standards regardless of the limitations set upon reopening.
Guests on stage? We think so! Dance routines may change slightly, but a little Charleston performed 6 feet apart is still entertaining. Guest interaction is still very doable. Our children’s interviews are very popular, and we see no issues continuing with a social distancing segment in the show.
While some other restaurants in Central Florida have adapted with unique services, Orlando area dinner shows will have to wait a little while longer. There is no take-out, no outdoor seating and very little we can do right now other than sell gift cards and wait. We’ve done our part to help stop the spread of the virus, and we’ll continue to protect our guests in the future.
Who knows, this “bug” may see some jitterbug from the wise guys and gals very soon. Until then, wash your ‘flippers’ often, stay home if you’re sick, and know that Al’s gang wishes you well and hopes things are ‘hitting on all eight’ at your joint.