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St. Lucie County restaurants prepare to reopen with outdoor dining

Archie's Seabreeze manager says employees excited to see people
Posted at 9:32 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 23:08:11-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — Starting Monday, most counties throughout the Sunshine State will move to Phase One of the governor's reopening plan. Part of the plan allows restaurants to offer indoor and outdoor seating.

The countdown is on at the popular Archie's Seabreeze Restaurant as employees look forward to reopening.

"Oh, gosh, we are jumping off the walls," general manager Suzanne Quitt said. "When people come we're like, 'It's a human.' You know, we're so excited to have people."

Despite being closed for the past month, employees were able to stay on payroll. Since then they've all been serving up a labor of love, making renovations to the backyard patio, kitchen and deck.

"Everybody that works here has taken ownership of Archie's, from the painting to gardening whatever your gifting is," she said. "We've had people doing the deck."

In an effort to show some support to the community, the restaurant is also bringing back its beloved specials.

"We understand people have been affected that haven't been able to work, so Tuesdays we have 60 cent wings," Quitt said. "We have karaoke Tuesday night. We're gonna start that this Tuesday. On Wednesdays, we have $5 Archie burgers and $10 Papa Chubby burgers."

The restaurant has also made changes to its seating arrangements to help keep customers safe and ensure social distancing practices.

"We measured our tables. We took tables out. All of our tables are 6 feet apart," Quitt said. "We've closed down tables, every other table, so that we are in total compliance with the states requirements."