The dining room at Lily’s Cafe in downtown Fresno may be empty, but waiter Jose Ramirez says it’s full of optimism.
“It feels good to know that there is some point where we can expect things to really pick up for us,” he says.
Ramirez is counting down the days to June 15th.
That’s when the state will drop pandemic regulations and allow businesses to fully reopen.
Soon Lily’s Cafe will be able to seat more customers.
Lunchtime is critical for them and being able to seat to capacity has been limiting.
“A lot of them don’t want to take their food back to work and they want somewhere to take a break for their lunch hour,” says Ramirez.
For the first time, Full Circle Brewing will be able to give more customers access to their tap room.
They recently moved into the Brewery District and have yet to use their indoor stage.
“That live music piece is something that everybody has felt has been missing so I think bringing that back will be really huge for us,” says Marketing Manager Adam Band.