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Saucehouse BBQ offering outside dining due to Covid 19

After closing down completely for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saucehouse BBQ on West Broad Street started offering takeout service two weeks ago. As Georgia businesses experiment with in-person reopenings, the fast casual restaurant has started to “slowly dip [its] foot in the water,” founder and owner Christopher Belk said.

Saucehouse patrons still pick up their food to-go style, but six socially distanced outdoor tables are now available to eat at. The tables are wiped down after each use, and parties are limited to six people or fewer.

“It’s really hard, once you close, to open back up, because people aren’t used to coming to your establishment,” Belk said.

Saucehouse is managing to break even, however. In addition to its normal offerings, the restaurant is trying to generate revenue by experimenting with new takeout items such as pre-mixed margaritas and spiked lemonade — sold by the gallon — as well as “take-and-bake” family-sized dishes such as mac and cheese.

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