Tangerine’s Longmont location is ready to come out of hibernation.
The brunch-lunch restaurant opened today for their first service in nearly a year.
“It’s great, it feels awesome,” Tangerine’s owner Alec Schuyler said. “We’ve been ready and waiting.”
“We’re happy to be back. Hopefully the pandemic is over and we can keep moving forward,” Justin Medlin, manager at the Longmont location, said. “I’ve opened this location three times now, hopefully this is it.”
Tangerine Longmont closed its doors indefinitely in July of 2020, citing uncertainty, slower sales, capacity restrictions and exhaustion of the funds from the Paycheck Protection loan. Schuyler kept the Boulder and Lafayette locations open in the interim, but was glad that the third location could open its doors once more.
“We hadn’t even opened a year in Longmont before the pandemic started, it was really a kick in the pants,” Schuyler said.
Part of the initial reason for closing Tangerine’s Longmont restaurant was due to capacity restrictions and size. Boulder County’s current Modified Level Blue status for COVID allows for restaurants to operate at 100% capacity so long as parties can maintain six feet of social distancing.
“Our patio is small,” Schuyler said. “We could fit four tables before, but only two with social distancing.”
Schuyler was hopeful though, as Longmont adopted the parklets that were popularized by nearby Louisville.
“We’re slated to get a few of the parklets starting at the end of the month,” Schuyler said. “The expanded seating will be really great.”
The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Schuyler was upbeat about the future of the location.
“We’ve trimmed all our sails, as it were, and tightened up our crew. We’re running light with our staff, but I believe it’s all looking positive,” Schuyler said.