One of today’s rare delights is eating out, in a restaurant, enjoying food you don’t have to cook yourself. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, especially with something we took for granted a few months ago. If you’re looking for a welcoming meal for dine-in or curbside pick-up, visit the Uptown Lounge in Yelm.
During the early days of quarantine, Uptown Lounge staff worked hard to provide even a limited menu of delicious options. But after the governor’s shut down orders in mid-March, General Manager Wayne McCarten admits that customers dropped. “The curbside volume was, at best, alright for the first week, but we decided to close and take stock of the situation that we assumed was only going to last a couple more weeks,” he shares.
This was partially due to delivery and supply issues. But as we all know, the couple weeks stretched into a few weeks and then into a couple months. “We decided that for the summer months and possibly into autumn, we would concentrate our business to the traditionally busiest times,” he says.That means limited hours, and closing two days a week. But now times are different, adapting and retooling will be the key to survival for every restaurant in the industry now.”
They are currently open for dine-in and curbside pick-up Wednesday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Masks are required for the duration of all in-house visits unless seated at your table and can be provided by staff if needed.
“Looking ahead to phase four, the capacity of our restaurant will increase, but it remains to be seen what the hours of operation will be like,” says McCarten. “We will likely keep working and massaging our menu offerings, but we’re going to keep it simple. Our guests love our burgers, big artisan salads, and great appetizers so most of those will stick around. We also have the opportunity to play around with some entrée features that will be rolling in the weekends. Maybe even a Friday night steak extravaganza every so often…who knows? The sky is the limit.”