We Took A Chance With Our First Indoor Restaurant Lunch Today

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    Jun 19, 2020 9:17 PM GMT
    And it appears to have gone well, first time indoors since mid-March. The occasion was to take a friend of ours to mark her birthday, along with another friend, just 4 of us with reservations. She had chosen Cafe Vico (vee-coh) in Fort Lauderdale, a lovely Italian place. Pricey at night, usually with live music, but conversely remarkably inexpensive for lunch. Yet the superb food quality & service undiminished. As residents we know these hidden gems, as locals often do everywhere.

    While we were there we were the only table, except for a couple dining outside on the patio. Only when we were just leaving did 2 more tables inside have people, all tables widely spaced apart. I felt sorry for owner Chef Marco Vico. Who came over to visit us from the kitchen (he’s there every day), but then we were the only table!

    BTW, our selections were flounder piccata, seafood ravioli in a creamy lobster sauce (mine), shrimp scampi on linguini (his), and penne a la vodka (birthday girl). Everyone was totally delighted. My guy also brought a birthday cake he made, that they kept in their fridge until after lunch when they presented it with a candle. Three of us had wine, very serviceable for reasonable prices.

    He made a chocolate Kahlúa cake (using over half the bottle, plus 6 ounces of brewed coffee), smothered in melted chocolate, not frosting, studded with chocolate-covered espresso beans (she loves a death by chocolate), and topped with a heap of fresh raspberries.

    I feel we were fairly safe, and the staff all wearing masks and gloves, the place otherwise deserted. We were also masked until we began eating. But with Florida apparently starting to become a virus hotspot again, that may have been our last restaurant outing for a while.

    https://www.cafevicorestaurant.com
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    Jun 19, 2020 9:21 PM GMT
    You're braver than me
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    Jun 19, 2020 9:31 PM GMT
    FormerShark said
    You're braver than me

    Or foolish? But I try to pick my risks carefully, like my battles. This foray seems to have been benign.
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    Jun 19, 2020 10:25 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAnd it appears to have gone well, first time indoors since mid-March. The occasion was to take a friend of ours to mark her birthday, along with another friend, just 4 of us with reservations. She had chosen Cafe Vico (vee-coh) in Fort Lauderdale, a lovely Italian place. Pricey at night, usually with live music, but conversely remarkably inexpensive for lunch. Yet the superb food quality & service undiminished. As residents we know these hidden gems, as locals often do everywhere.

    While we were there we were the only table, except for a couple dining outside on the patio. Only when we were just leaving did 2 more tables inside have people, all tables widely spaced apart. I felt sorry for owner Chef Marco Vico. Who came over to visit us from the kitchen (he’s there every day), but then we were the only table!

    BTW, our selections were flounder piccata, seafood ravioli in a creamy lobster sauce (mine), shrimp scampi on linguini (his), and penne a la vodka (birthday girl). Everyone was totally delighted. My guy also brought a birthday cake he made, that they kept in the fridge until after lunch when they presented it with a candle. Three of us had wine, very serviceable for reasonable prices.

    He made a chocolate Kahlua cake (using over half the bottle, plus 6 ounces of brewed coffee), smothered in melted chocolate, not frosting, studded with chocolate-covered espresso beans (she loves a death by chocolate), and topped with a heap of fresh raspberries.

    I feel we were fairly safe, and the staff all wearing masks and gloves, the place otherwise deserted. We were also masked until we began eating. But with Florida apparently starting to become a virus hotspot again, that may have been our last restaurant outing for a while.

    https://www.cafevicorestaurant.com



    You could have been killed!!!!!!!

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    Jun 19, 2020 10:32 PM GMT
    The "brave" ones here are Curiousjock and Muske[protz, who say they are dining out (in Arizona, where the number of cases has increased 4 fold since the state opened up and removed restrictions. I can't imagine dining out, unless it is at a restaurant with a large outdoor patio (rare here, since summers are so cold and windy), and most likely the restaurants that will have dining are not good ones anyway. It is just one of those little pleasures that I will put off until there is a vaccine.
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    Jun 20, 2020 1:26 AM GMT
    Life for me in many ways hasn't been outside the norm. To the point I need to keep reminding myself, about Covert19.
    At the same time having lived though, and survived the Gay Plague Era. Must also contribute to my calmness, during this Pandemic.
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    Jun 20, 2020 3:43 AM GMT
    First indoor lunch was a while ago.
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    Jun 20, 2020 1:48 PM GMT
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    The "brave" ones here are Curiousjock and Muske[protz, who say they are dining out (in Arizona, where the number of cases has increased 4 fold since the state opened up and removed restrictions. I can't imagine dining out, unless it is at a restaurant with a large outdoor patio (rare here, since summers are so cold and windy), and most likely the restaurants that will have dining are not good ones anyway. It is just one of those little pleasures that I will put off until there is a vaccine.

    Prior to yesterday (Friday), aside from more meals at home, we’ve been either doing takeout, or more recently, eating outdoors at a gay club under umbrellas. Where we’re almost always the only ones outside, since everyone else stays inside with air conditioning and social distancing.

    But maybe being older we remember a time when A/C wasn’t so universal, and after a moment to acclimate we adjust to the Florida heat. As long as the sun isn’t directly on us we’re OK. We also have oversized folding fans if the breeze dies away, fluttering away like perfect queens. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 20, 2020 2:46 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    HikerSkier said
    The "brave" ones here are Curiousjock and Muske[protz, who say they are dining out (in Arizona, where the number of cases has increased 4 fold since the state opened up and removed restrictions. I can't imagine dining out, unless it is at a restaurant with a large outdoor patio (rare here, since summers are so cold and windy), and most likely the restaurants that will have dining are not good ones anyway. It is just one of those little pleasures that I will put off until there is a vaccine.

    Prior to yesterday (Friday), aside from more meals at home, we’ve been either doing takeout, or more recently, eating outdoors at a gay club under umbrellas. Where we’re almost always the only ones outside, since everyone else stays inside with air conditioning and social distancing.

    But maybe being older we remember a time when A/C wasn’t so universal, and after a moment to acclimate we adjust to the Florida heat. As long as the sun isn’t directly on us we’re OK. We also have oversized folding fans if the breeze dies away, fluttering away like perfect queens.



    It's so nice that "a gay club" is also so welcoming of a bi-sexual like yourself (two wives in your past, multiple children). And try as you do to embrace every gay stereotype (use of the term "queen"), it does NOT make you gay. In fact, using such a term is offensive to those of us who ARE gay and refuse to buy into stereotypes of any kind.
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    Jun 20, 2020 8:14 PM GMT
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    It's so nice that "a gay club" is also so welcoming of a bi-sexual like yourself (two wives in your past, multiple children). And try as you do to embrace every gay stereotype (use of the term "queen"), it does NOT make you gay. In fact, using such a term is offensive to those of us who ARE gay and refuse to buy into stereotypes of any kind.

    Our gay clubs are welcoming to everyone. Does Putin know that YOU’RE gay, Komrad?
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    Jun 20, 2020 10:40 PM GMT
    ObscureAndFuzzy said
    Art_Deco said
    HikerSkier said
    The "brave" ones here are Curiousjock and Muske[protz, who say they are dining out (in Arizona, where the number of cases has increased 4 fold since the state opened up and removed restrictions. I can't imagine dining out, unless it is at a restaurant with a large outdoor patio (rare here, since summers are so cold and windy), and most likely the restaurants that will have dining are not good ones anyway. It is just one of those little pleasures that I will put off until there is a vaccine.

    Prior to yesterday (Friday), aside from more meals at home, we’ve been either doing takeout, or more recently, eating outdoors at a gay club under umbrellas. Where we’re almost always the only ones outside, since everyone else stays inside with air conditioning and social distancing.

    But maybe being older we remember a time when A/C wasn’t so universal, and after a moment to acclimate we adjust to the Florida heat. As long as the sun isn’t directly on us we’re OK. We also have oversized folding fans if the breeze dies away, fluttering away like perfect queens.



    It's so nice that "a gay club" is also so welcoming of a bi-sexual like yourself (two wives in your past, multiple children). And try as you do to embrace every gay stereotype (use of the term "queen"), it does NOT make you gay. In fact, using such a term is offensive to those of us who ARE gay and refuse to buy into stereotypes of any kind.

    I've made my own mold, instead of fitting into a stereotype.

    Yes our Hyacinth is a try hard, over compensating, due to his past lifestyle, as a Married heterosexual breeder. Strewth the complexities of bisexuality.
    Makes me feel greatful, I was born a homosexual.

    It's simply by an accent of birth, that she wasn't born anyone important.
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    Jun 20, 2020 10:47 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    ObscureAndFuzzy said
    It's so nice that "a gay club" is also so welcoming of a bi-sexual like yourself (two wives in your past, multiple children). And try as you do to embrace every gay stereotype (use of the term "queen"), it does NOT make you gay. In fact, using such a term is offensive to those of us who ARE gay and refuse to buy into stereotypes of any kind.

    Our gay clubs are welcoming to everyone. Does Putin know that YOU’RE gay, Komrad?

    More Gay Bashing, from our half brother, the bisexual. Someone with a long history of looking down on us Gays, as being dirty and beneath him.
    He couldn't possibly be one of us, he was to straight acting, and a man?; cough. Well he was right, he isn't one of us. So very gay, just not homo.
  • carew28

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    Jun 28, 2020 6:24 PM GMT
    I went out to eat today, for breakfast, for the 1st time since late February. I went to a local neighborhood diner-type restaurant, that I'd been going to for many, many years. There was quite a bit less seating than before. We sat in the row of booths alongside the windows, and they'd installed plexiglass partitions over the backs of each booth. The tables and chairs were gone, except for one in the middle of the floor, and the counter stools were blocked off. The waitresses were as friendly and efficient as ever, and were wearing masks, as were the cooks. The menu was printed on a single sheet of paper, the old multipage acrylic menus were gone. The meals were the same as ever, but the condiments (syrup &ketchup) came in little disposable plastic cups, rather than bottles. The salt & pepper shakers were gone, replaced by little paper packets, same as sugar comes in. I wore a mask in, but took it off when I sat down.

    The main problem that I can foresee will be the reduced amount of customers that they'll be able to accommodate due to reduced seating, but it was an enjoyable experience.
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    Jun 28, 2020 7:22 PM GMT
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    The main problem that I can foresee will be the reduced amount of customers that they'll be able to accommodate due to reduced seating, but it was an enjoyable experience.

    Yes, but many owners have little choice, if they wanna stay in business, and also help out their employees. Almost all around here rent, plus they still have bills for utilities, leased equipment, maintenance, insurance, taxes, etc. Even if partial reopening will only cover the overhead and the pay of reduced staff, making no profit, if it means they're able to hang on a little longer and protect a business they built, some tell me they’ve gotta try. Hard to start over from scratch when you’ve lost everything.

    As for modifications, yeah, those plexiglas panels are everywhere now. One gay owner told me he’s gonna use mannequins on every other bar stool, when bar seating is allowed again (he’ll be opening soon for limited food service). He’ll secure them to the chair backs, so they won’t tumble off the seat.

    He looked at removing half the stools, but figured guys would just move them together, and he might be fined. He also thought people would ignore or remove signs from the stools, and then his staff has to enforce compliance with some very non-compliant types.

    I did wonder though, if any slightly-blitzed guys would forget these are fully-dressed mannequins and try to hit on them! “Hey, buddy, you’re a pretty good looking man... Oh, silent type, huh? Lemme buy you a drink.” The owner said he’ll put cocktail glasses with water at each one, too, to increase the illusion.

    I’ll tell yah, this experience is one for the history books. People will be talking about it, and analyzing it, for a long time to come.
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    Jun 29, 2020 5:52 PM GMT
    Dear why don't you & your boyfriend pop over for lunch one day.
    My Husband and I are blessed with space, inside and out, for social distancing.

    Owned, run and cooked by Bonafide Homosexuals. Even a Private Dinning Room, for Gold Star Gay, card holders.