Klamath Falls, Ore. – Some restaurants will need a little more time before they’re able to reopen for business.
Pat Tarbell is working to reopen the Klamath Grill following a 6 week shutdown.
Tarbell says ordering is a bigger challenge than before. “The whole supply chain on all levels is different for perishables – especially meats, and things like that.”
Safety precautions will extend right down to the table settings.
“You can’t have salt and pepper shakers on the table.” Points out Tarbell. “Jellies, and things like that you can put on the plate.”
Tarbell says extra precautions will be taken by those waiting tables. “You need to sanitize the menus – servers have to wear a mask.”
Tarbell says he’ll be keeping a close eye on the bottom line. “Can we make money doing it, or is it just better off to just shut her down, and say it was a good run for 28 and a half years?”
About 12 people work at the Klamath Grill, most of them part time.
Tarbell says he plans to reopen the restaurant at 6 AM on Tuesday the 19th.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.