Bakersfield, California 2020-10-13 20:45:00 –
The Milz Coffee Shop in northwestern Bakersfield was already at the start gate.
Milt had already called dinner staff for a long time when it was announced Tuesday morning that Kern County had been moved to the state’s less restrictive red layer and was able to dine indoors at a local restaurant. We were ready to serve our customers indoors.
In fact, management predicted on Monday that the old-fashioned coffee shop would reopen for indoor dining on Tuesday.
“We are pleased to announce that we will resume indoor dining from tomorrow (Tuesday) and return to normal business hours (6 am-9:30pm daily). Thank you for your support. Coffee shop on Facebook Posted on the page.
General Manager Sunny Ballard said customers were waiting at the door when the restaurant opened at 6 am on Tuesday.
“There were rumors of going into the red today,” she said. “We were ready.”
Bobbie Jo Toler and her 15-year-old daughter, Jordyn, stopped at a restaurant late Tuesday morning and had an early lunch. Jordan had just removed the braces that morning, and the two were celebrating with a mother-daughter bond.
“That’s what she wanted to do. Eat a big sandwich inside,” Trelar said of her daughter.
What sandwich did Jordan choose? French dip.
“Comfort comes with friendliness,” says Jordyn, a restaurant that has served the community for 56 years.
She said she was feeling normal again when she was there and sitting in the Milz booth.
“It regains a kind of better era.”
Las Vegas residents Justin and Barbara Chacos at a nearby Holiday Inn at night when chef Norbert Munos and other kitchen staff whisked chicken fried steak, corned beef hashes and eggs, and some other breakfast and lunch favorites. After spending time, I rolled into Milt.
“We’re heading to Monterey,” said Justin Chacos. “I googled a nearby restaurant and found this place … I think we were as lucky as hell.”
The couple, who said they had been together since high school, ran into restaurant restrictions while traveling. But they were happy to be able to relax in the Milt before resuming their trip.
The restaurant, which first opened in 1964, expanded meals on the patio to serve more customers during weeks of restricted meals.
However, owner Mark Hugs said opening the interior of the restaurant feels like a step in the right direction, even with a social distance and a maximum capacity of 25%. The direction he wants will lead to some normal version.
“Milz is a more indoor experience,” Hugs said of the retro cafe. “That’s why people come here for an indoor experience.”
And the food was said by chef Munos.
“Everything is good here,” he said, rattling some of his favorite names.
Made from Argentine Chimichurri, the 16-ounce local New York steak is a dinner specialty that Hugs is particularly proud of.
But in most cases, he is pleased to be able to invite customers inside, including many loyal patrons who have been eating there for decades.
“It looks pretty good, doesn’t it?” He asked for a clean interior. “We have launched a new menu. We have returned to the logo since the 1970s.
“It feels really good,” he said. “I’m glad to be here”
Stephen Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @semayerTBC.