By Debra Moore
Patti DeCoe, of Patti’s Thunder in Quincy, has decided to close her restaurant for the immediate future.
“We just had a fantastic summer, but it’s time” DeCoe said. “We’ve adapted and adapted, but it’s been mentally exhausting.”
DeCoe said she will use the time to work on the restaurant, just as she did during the original shutdown near the beginning of the pandemic.
DeCoe called Plumas News mid morning today to share the news, just a couple of hour before the state moved Plumas County into the purple tier, which eliminates all indoor dining.
This summer DeCoe relied on limited indoor dining and outdoor dining to serve her customers, even during the periods of heavy smoke due to the North Complex Fire.
“We thought about closing, but people were evacuated and needed a place to eat,” she said of the times when air quality was particularly bad. They were also serving the firefighters during that time and she was overwhelmed by the generosity of community members who stopped by to pay for firefighter meals. “We were given over $3,800 to feed the fire crews,” she said.
But now it’s time to take a break and DeCoe isn’t sure when the restaurant will reopen. It’s largely up to coronavirus and when it’s safe to serve customers again.
DeCoe said they had a scare about a month ago when a diner, who had been sitting outside, later tested positive for the virus. Even though those eating outside were physically distanced, DeCoe worried about other customers being exposed and it’s that concern that has driven her decision.
In the meantime DeCoe said she is optimistic that “help is on the way” to combat the virus and she will reopen when it’s safe to do so. She said that she is so grateful for all of her customers who supported the restaurant while it was open this year and is looking forward to seeing them again soon.