Alla Ionesco, owner of Happy Hands Arts & Pottery in Wilton, hopes Phase 3 reopenings will increase customer traffic inside her studio.
“It’ll hopefully give people more confidence to be inside,” said Alla Ionesco, owner of Happy Hands Arts & Pottery in the Wilton River Park Shopping Center, which runs classes and after-school programs.
Like many businesses, Ionesco’s seen some apprehension among customers about making the move inside, despite myriad safety precautions being taken while people adhere to the state’s Phase 2 safety regulations. “Thank God for the outdoor seating,” she said.
Warm fall weather has made outdoor classes and dining attractive to customers now, but with the leaves changing color, it’s just a matter of time until it’s too cold to hold outdoor dining and events.
“We talked about getting a heater,” said Patrick Fagan, assistant manager of Marly’s Bar & Bistro in Wilton Center, but the legalities and technicalities of making it happen have proved discouraging.
“So we’re probably going to ax the tent come the cold weather,” he said, with the restaurant then unable to host a good number of outdoor tables. less