Many local Galt businesses will suffer financially after the latest directive issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday and Sacramento County’s directive late afternoon Tuesday.
Newsom asked for the closure of all bars, breweries, wineries and nightclubs, and asked restaurants to limit their capacity numbers to half, however the county followed up Tuesday asking for the closure of all dine-in activity.
Although Galt doesn’t have any nightclubs, it sports one winery and one brewery, with two additional bars putting final touches on their new establishments, with the hope of opening soon.
Janis Barsetti Gray of Barsetti Vineyards on Fourth Street said she has had to make some changes due to the Governor’s request.
Barsetti Gray has canceled live music on Friday nights, and will only be open for retail sales Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although Barsetti Vineyards will not be open for tastings or glasses of wine sales, she herself will be at the tasting room for bottle and case sales, as well as the small boutique located in the tasting room.
“We want everyone to be safe, the employees and our customers,” Barsetti Gray said. “I feel bad because we really were the only entertainment for the older crowd and now that entertainment is gone.”
Barsetti Gray said the tasting room was already practicing strong cleaning practices and will continue to do so.
Although the tasting room closure will affect the bottom line, Barsetti Gray said that her distributer has already seen an uptick in wholesale sells. The Barsetti label is available at retailers, including in the Galt Raley’s.
Barsetti Gray said that, as a small business in a small town, “you really depend on the people from town,” and acknowledged that Galt has always been supportive.
Having just celebrated a re-grand opening this past Saturday, River Rock Brewery owner Ed Mason has had to make the hard decision to limit to just retail sales, as well.
Mason said that the California Craft Brewers Guild has encouraged its members to follow the Governor’s directive.
“Officially the tap room is closed,” Mason told The Galt Herald Tuesday morning. “Our events have been postponed, but we will continue to brew beer.”
Like Barsetti Vineyards, River Rock Brewery will be open for retail sales. Customers can purchase growlers, cans and other merchandise to take home and enjoy. Mason said they also are taking extra precautions to sanitize.
Although not set in stone, customers will be happy to hear that Mason is working on a home delivery system as well.
When asked how this shutdown will affect the brewery, Mason said, “horribly, 95 percent of our profits are at the brewery.”
Restaurants in the area have petitioned residents to help support them during this crisis.
Brewsters Bar & Grill owner Paul Dhillon petitioned his customers on Facebook Monday before the county’s new directive.
“Brewsters Bar & Grill will remain open regular business hours,” Dhillon posted. “We are taking all the right steps to sanitize our facility. Also, we ask you to keep supporting us. The Brewsters staff’s livelihood depends on our community and customers.”
Papas and Wings general manager JD Virgen said that they are encouraging “antisocial gatherings”, by limiting large groups, facilitating social distancing by limiting total capacity to 40 patrons at a time, a plan now that is moot.
Virgen said that, since the Governor’s announcement, the restaurant has already seen a drop in sales.
“But, we are standing strong,” Virgen said. “We want to be there for Galt, and hope Galt can be here to support us.”
Papas and Wings is now encouraging take-out and is also working on a delivery system.
Like the others, Virgen said Papas and Wings is taking extra steps to help stop the spread of the virus.