Gus Balon's is open with unique protections and giving back to the community

Posted at 10:36 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 13:41:17-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A diner on 22nd street is open for dine-in service again. Gus Balon's resumed dine-in services two weeks ago and the restaurant has made several changes.

We have placed plastic shower curtains between each of our booths, along with spacing between others. And we have removed stools from our counter, so you can get your six feet of distancing that way as well.

"Everybody has said that they feel very safe when they come in because of the separation of booths, and all of our staff is wearing face masks," said owner Kelli Phillips.

During the initial shutdown Gus Balon's closed, giving staff the opportunity to self-quarantine. After the order was extended, they opened for takeout only. The restaurant also applied for and received a small business loan to help them get through the pandemic.

We're not going anywhere. We've been here for 55 years and so now we're doing this and we'll make it through this as well.

Additionally, the restaurant is giving back to the community through the sale of masks with proceeds benefiting Arizona hospitals.