By Laura Haefeli

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Outdoor dining is the only option on the menu in midtown Sacramento due to coronavirus restrictions, but customers may not want to sit outside during this week-long heat wave.

Robert Blesi grabbed the coolest table in town Thursday afternoon. He thinks the heat chased everybody away from Midtown.

“There are three tables here that have air conditioning. This is like worth gold,” Blesi said.

Many other tables were left empty with few brave enough to sit in the sun.

The excessive heat could mean another financial set back for already struggling restaurants in the Sacramento region.

READ: Heat Wave: Local Cooling Centers And Spaces

“Definitely another big hurdle. And I think it’s just the worst timing,” Jarrett Derfield, manager at Der Biergarten, said.

Derfield says they’re doing what they can to keep customers cool at the midtown Biergarten by adding awnings for shade and misters.

Still, it can’t compete with cooling off by the river, making it tough for restaurants to convince customers to turn out for a happy hour in the heat. But that’s not going to stop restaurants from trying.

“We definitely want you to come out and support and spend your cash,” Derfield said.

  1. As a teacher who works every year through the virus season, I want to eat inside restaurants without ridiculous and financial health destroying attempts by government to turn the US into a socialist gulag.

    By training an entire generation of young people that others are saliva particle death machines, we are never going to be able to open schools if the ridiculous criterion for safety is ONE positive COVID test somewhere in the student body.

    Life is risky by its very nature. As a senior citizen, fully credentialed in California as a secondary school instructor (English, science, math), I have volunteered to teach in person in any secondary school, public or private this year.

    But, so far, even with glowing letters of recommendation, doing what is best for America, that is, opening the schools with live teachers in front of classrooms, seems buried under a thick blanket of cowardice. PLEASE PUT ME TO WORK FOR CALIFORNIA AND FOR AMERICA!

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