Authorities are investigating the possibility of burning after an early morning fire at a Little Italy store.
The San Diego Fire Department said the crew responded to put out the fire just before 4am in the 2000 India Street block. There, firefighters saw the Mona Lisa Deli catch fire and were able to break down horribly at 4:04 am
Injuries related to fire were not immediately reported. The extent of the damage is unclear.
It has been more than two months since restaurants in San Diego County closed their doors to eat on the spot. The Dine-in service can return soon if the state agrees to the accelerated phase 2 plan in the district, but it will not look the same as before.
“For us here, we really measure the safety distance between tables, so we try to keep a six foot distance between each guest,” explained Dario Gallo, owner of Civico 1845 in Little Italy.
This family-owned Italian restaurant is working hard to change the way they operate so that staff and customers remain safe. They were preparing to serve guests with masks and gloves, and San Diego County leaders asked the restaurant to open a reservation.
“It is our goal to make guests comfortable,” Gallo said.
“We will give face shields to all our kitchen staff to be extra careful, we will record a different area between each station in the kitchen,” Gallo explained.
Separate tables can reduce the seat capacity of Civico 1845 to 40%, according to Gallo. But he also works with Small Italian Association to move outside seating on the terrace, sidewalk and piazza.
“That would be amazing, especially for us. It will remind us of Italy, eating on the road and keeping a social distance,” Gallo said.
Gallo said he wanted the guests and staff to feel comfortable once they began serving again.
Under the new guidelines, in addition to prioritizing bookings, guests can be asked to wait in their car until their table is ready.