Now Serving: Altavista’s restaurants resume indoor dining

Server Vanessa Jones enjoys working at Taste of Italy.

As of June 5, Virginia’s restaurants have been able to resume seating customers inside their establishments while operating at 50 percent capacity, with a limit of gatherings of up to 50 people. The governor’s “stay at home” order has now progressed to a “safer at home” principle.

In Altavista, some locally owned restaurants now provide both indoor and outside seating, as well as take-out.

Two Sisters Tap Room and Deli is able to seat a total of 50 people, up from ten, with 25 inside the restaurant and 25 on the outdoor patio. Tables are spaced six feet from each other to allow for social distancing, which is required for all restaurants participating in opening. The restaurant is offering its full menu and has been busiest during the day.

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According to Manager Rylee Patterson, Main Street Café & Coffee is offering both indoor and outdoor seating. El Cerrito is as well, making use of its existing and spacious patio in front of the restaurant. El Cerrito is offering its full menu with special dips at $2.99, lunches from $4.99, and fajitas for two for $17.25 to $20.99. Business has been steady, reported a manager.

At Main Street Café & Coffee, Patterson will be offering a limited menu of favorites this week during the café’s regular hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 2 pm. These favorites include Italian sodas, the reuben, Main Street club, chicken salad, and chicken quesadilla. “We’re excited for customers to come in,” Patterson said.

While China Wok’s “super buffet” is still closed, the restaurant continues to offer an extensive menu for take-out on a daily basis. See its website,, for the menu. Customers are pleased by the food’s quality with, for example, lots of large shrimp in the shrimp and vegetables entrée.

Taste of Italy is offering a full menu, too, with new items available and specials of the day revealed on its Facebook and Instagram sites. Take-out continues to be available. The restaurant is spacious enough to offer ample room for social distancing between tables and booths. “There was a huge crowd on June 5 with a two-hour wait,” said server Victoria Bell. Since that time, the restaurant has been busy but without a long wait. Service is attentive.

Altavista’s Main Street Buffet re-opened on June 5 after being closed for weeks. Customers are required to sanitize their hands before visiting the buffet for indoor dining or take-out, and a server helps with the buffet, also as required by the governor’s new policies. Regina Moon continues to cook mainstays at the restaurant.