Miguel’s Jr. reopens dining rooms; Farmer Boys plans to do it on April 13

Dining rooms are reopening at two Inland Empire-based restaurant chains as coronavirus restrictions ease.

All of Southern California is in the orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, which means dining rooms can open at 50% capacity. Riverside, San Bernardino counties moved into the orange tier this week, following recent moves by Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Miguel’s Jr. has reopened its dining rooms at 50% capacity, but their hot sauce bars are closed, with staff handing out condiments to customers.

The Corona-based chain is currently promoting three limited-item menu items made with Monterey jack cheese: Chicken Quesdillas, Salsa Verde Enchiladas, and Crispy Cheese Tacos with Carne Asada. They will be available through June 8.

Farmer Boys plans to reopen its dining rooms on April 13. The Riverside-based chain has begun serving a vanilla cold brew and recently expanded its permanent menu with two fried chicken sandwiches.

While providing inside dining is a priority for full-service restaurants, most fast food chains have been focused on improving contactless service in the novel coronavirus pandemic. Both Miguel’s Jr. and Farmer Boys have taken steps to make their drive-thru service more efficient in recent months with such strategies as closely timing traffic and having attendants standing at the drive-thru lanes taking orders.

Miguel’s California Mexican Cocina & Cantina, a full-service restaurant in Corona’s Shops at Dos Lagos and the sister restaurant to the Miguel’s Jr. chain, is also offering indoor dining. The chain’s other full-service restaurant in Corona remains closed.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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