Chaps reopens in time for Father’s Day with safety guidelines in place

SPOKANE, Wash. – They didn’t think they’d make it, but they did. 

Chaps Bakery and Diner reopened on Wednesday, just in time for Father’s Day. The popular breakfast spot closed along with other restaurants back in March. 

At the time, owner Celeste Shaw feared the restaurant might close permanently. Unlike many other local restaurants, Chaps wasn’t offering takeout. 

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Shaw said the restaurant went over costs to provide takeout services and it wasn’t worth it. They laid off all their employees during the pandemic. 

Chaps didn’t immediately reopen with the start of phase 2, either. Shaw said she wanted time to figure out how to safely serve customers again. 

“I loved walking in and seeing all these happy faces. I just got a great big smile from someone sitting at a chair down here. It was great,” said Theresa McCoy.

A sense of normalcy came returned to McCoy coming back to Chaps. She’s been dining there for 13 years.

“What I really missed the most with Chaps being closed down is just that feeling of love, a place where I come and I get a lot of smiles and I make a lot of good memories,” she said.

It’s all thanks to Shaw and her team.

“It feels like we overcame something that was really difficult and stressful and emotional,” Shaw told 4 News Now.

The next time you step foot inside Chaps, it will look a little different. Tables are spaced six feet apart and customers will be required to social distance while waiting to order food. The restaurant is also taking sanitation very seriously.

“We’ve tried to be as thoughtful as we can. One of course for safety, but also so that our customers would come in and know that there was a change, but they wouldn’t feel like there was a change. They’d still be able to experience something lovely that they remembered prior to COVID,” she said.

The patio Shaw has gives an extra option for seating beyond what they can offer inside.

“I worry a little bit about Father’s Day with limited capacity, so we can still meet that quota, but we’re just learning along the way,” she said.

Reopening is a relief for Shaw, McCoy and everyone who works there.

“I’ve been cooking my whole life. Thirty years of cooking, and that was the longest amount of time I’ve ever had off,” said Jason Foss, the executive chef of Chaps. “It’s just good to be back at it. This is part of my identity, this is what I do.”

Foss brings people together with food; Creating community is what Chaps is all about.

“I think we’re just the same Chaps but cleaner,” Shaw said laughing.

To see Chaps’ menu and hours of operation, CLICK HERE.