tl dr; we are cautiously reopening on June 15th at 25% capacity for reservations only via our new website (check it out!). This decision is one of necessity, and we have created some new procedures, seating and digital tools to help keep both patrons and servers safe!”
We will be re-opening our dining room for reservation-only service on Monday, June 15th. This decision is not about profits, it is about survival. While Vigilante was successful in securing some emergency funding, this funding was only designed to help us pay our bills for 2 months. That window is coming to a close. If we want Vigilante and our employees to be here in August, we need to begin the slow process of reopening in June.
The backbone of our safety precautions is this document by the Aspen Food & Beverage Society, backed by the James Beard foundation and guided by an infectious disease specialist. This document, combined with other research and a lot of dedicated hours by our leadership team, lead to our comprehensive safety plan. It includes 18 pages of:
- Guidelines for how we are handling reservations, payments and game rentals
- Employee guidelines on PPE, handwashing, sick leave and more
- Facilities guidelines on how we are sanitizing Vigilante
Furthermore, we have made several MASSIVE changes to our operations in preparation for re-opening: we have rebuilt our entire seating arrangement in the social hall, shifting away from bench seating to booth seating. We have also built a complete reservation system, allowing patrons to select a game from our library prior to your visit and to book tables in advance. For reservations, please head to our website!
Note: we are currently operating at 25% capacity. To reduce chance of exposure, we are limiting reservations to 1 hour and 45 minutes (giving us 15 minutes to sanitize between parties). Seating is limited! If you do visit us, know that:
- You will be required to wear a mask while interacting with staff or when not at a table
- You will be the only party to handle your table or your game that evening
- We will have a large variety of new procedures, including contactless payment, QR code menus, single use menus, and hourly sanitization drills
We understand that not everyone is prepared to break isolation: we respect that choice and wish you safety and health. If you feel we’re opening too early, we urge you to contact governor Abbott’s office, as well as your Senators and Congressman. Please tell them that small businesses should have the support to stay closed in the interest of public health.
For those that want to go out, know that we are prepared to serve you as safely as possible. That being said: we will have no tolerance for those that disrespect the health of those around them, whether they be our own staff or our patrons.
When you next visit Vigilante, things will look different. There will be new processes, new furniture, face masks, hand sanitizing, new food and new games. However, some things will always be the same: the same level of care, our drive to improve and our belief that games and restaurants will always be able to bring people together.
Stay safe, and we look forward to gaming with you.
Vigilante Gastropub & Games, CEO