Chadron Restaurants Dealing With Coronavirus Containment Limits

CHADRON – Chadron restauranteurs remain upbeat despite the challenges posed by multiple aspects of fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

Randy Horse of the Country Kitchen, Drew Petersen of Just Love Coffee, and Ron Moore from The Ridge talked about it Friday on KCSR’s Sound Off and on Community Spotlight on KBPY.

With government and health officials spending the past week urging people to reduce their social contacts and a limit of 10 people for public gatherings, restaurant numbers are way down.

Moore, Petersen, and Horse all said they’re doing their best to keep things as normal while dealing with the coronavirus limitations and putting more emphasis on take-out, pickup, and delivery.

Horse said customers at Country Kitchen will notice some of the changes right away if they pay attention..


Drew Petersen said Just Love has also made relatively few changes, with the biggest stepping an already high level of cleanliness with multiple rounds of sanitizing each day, not just in the coffee shop but in the pharmacy.

Ron Moore says The Ridge has taken advantage of having a big dining area on its north side to make sure diners are well separated.

The Ridge is still operating with the same hours, but Just Love Coffee now closes at 8 pm while the Country Kitchen is open 5:30 AM to 8 PM before switching to 7 am to 8 PM next week and closing earlier if there are no customers.

Three of Chadron’s largest retailers have also made changes to their hours because the coronavirus fight. Dollar General is now closing at 7 PM to allow more time to stock and clean, and the store is open daily from 8-9:00 AM for elderly and individuals at the greatest risk from the virus.

Safeway moved its closing time up 2 hours to 8 pm with the first 2 hours of the day on Tuesdays and Thursday , 7-9 am, set aside for customers over 65 as well as those who are pregnant, have a disability, or a compromised immune system.

Walmart, which was 24/7 for its first 20 years in Chadron, began closing at 1:00 last year but now has hours of 7 AM to 8:30 PM except on Tuesdays, when it will be open from 6-7:00 AM for customers over 60.

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