New dairy bar a creative workaround for Falls Diner

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Businesses everywhere have had to be creative to keep the doors open during the current pandemic.

With the Capital Region of New York in the middle of Phase 3 in its reopening, indoor dining at restaurants can happen with up to 50 percent capacity and tables spaced at least six feet away from each other.

But Collette Arnold and Angie Marpe, two of the owners of the Falls Diner on Route 22 in Hoosick Falls, decided that even though they could open, with restrictions, they wouldn't open up just yet.

What they did decide was to add a dairy bar to the 41-year-old establishment. The dairy bar opened officially on Friday.

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"In the beginning of this, we originally thought it could be 18 months [of having the indoor dining room closed]," said Arnold. "My sister said, maybe we could do a dairy bar and utilize the whole restaurant."

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The decision to keep the dining rooms closed for now came down to pure mathematics.

"We figured out we'd only be able to have a couple of tables in the front dining room and a couple on the side, so it didn't make sense," Arnold said. "We have been doing takeout, which is going well."

Marpe said the sisters, along with their aunt and mother as co-owners, always discussed an idea like a dairy bar.

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"It's a new adventure for us," Marpe said. "With the [quarantine], we had more time to actually do it. Everyone is usually so busy with their lives, so with this, we could reassess what's going on and get it going."

It was fairly easy to set up because the Diner was already a restaurant. So the New York state Department of Health said they were good to go.

The dairy bar will be open on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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