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Local restaurants: Business close to usual after shutdown

Cori Mowder wipes down each menu before handing them out to customers at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Ontario (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan).

ONTARIO – A line of people stands behind the “Please wait to be seated” sign at the Plaza Inn Restaurant during the Wednesday lunch rush hour.

Although the restaurant has reduced seating in half to adhere to social distancing guidelines, business volume has returned to level before state restrictions in March ended seated dining.

“Dining in is important because after being cooped up at home, people enjoy just being able to eat out, have a hot plate instead of it cooling in a bag, and just trying to feel normal again,” said owner Jason Jungling.

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