By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — Despite the state announcing that most businesses can now reopen their doors at their own discretion, Ferus Artisan Ales in Trussville has decided to take the cautious and methodical route to reopening its doors to patrons.
The brewery, located on 101 Beech Street, announced on Thursday evening that it has targeted a reopening date for around Memorial Day. That decision allows the brewery to implement safe and hygienic standards that are in the best interest of customers and employees alike.
“We want to do everything the right way,” Tim Adams said. “… It’s going on three months now, so what’s another week? What’s another 10 days to make it that much better?
Once it does reopen, Ferus Artisan Ales will abide by state social distancing and occupancy guidelines, which call for tables to be 6-feet apart, employees to wear face coverings and limit party size to no more than eight people per table. In response, the brewery opened up the event space to accommodate more tables and will introduce table service to limit people roaming about.
The move to waiters and waitresses is also an attempt to improve the dining service for customers who can now kick back and enjoy a stress free experience.
“We’re trying to take the place up a notch, elevate it a little bit,” Adams said.
There’s no need to rush it, Adams added. The delayed opening will allow the brewery to get its affairs in order and to provide a better experience for customers. By the time it reopens, the walkway should be completed with additional lighting outside. The outside bar is also close to opening, head brewer Nate Darnell said.
Ferus Artisan Ales will be open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11. am. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
“We don’t want to open up and give you anything less than a perfect experience,” Darnell said. “We’re taking a very conscious decision to wait just a minute longer and see if we can get our ducks in a row.”