There is a definite buzz around Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
After suspending performances in mid-March because of gathering restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Beef & Boards plans to present “Beehive: The 60s Musical” July 8 to Aug. 9. T
“The entire staff has this cooped-up creative energy,” Beef & Boards owner Doug Stark said. “We’ve got to get back to singing and dancing and entertaining.”
Stark said the reopening will be dependent on getting the green light from the guidelines by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
Beef & Boards has several safety measures planned.
“I have always been a big fan of adapting best practices, adding a few of our own ideas and always try to follow (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines,” Stark said.
Stark said Beef & Boards has installed UV lighting inside its air handlers to kill any viruses in the air. He said it will filter the air inside with an industrial high-efficiency particulate air filter between shows. Stations with hand sanitizer will be available immediately upon entering.
The most noticeable change is Beef & Boards will not have its customary buffet but will deliver food to the table by wait staff wearing protective gear.
“It’s totally new and uncharted territory for us,” Stark said. “We meet every week to review the new protocols. I know we will have some customers who will miss our buffet; however, we found it will be the safest environment for both our staff and customers to serve plated food.”
Capacity will be limited to 250 people. Normal capacity is between 425 to 450. There will be a greater distance between tables.
“We encourage the wearing of masks going to and leaving from the tables while they are at the table. We believe it becomes a personal preference,” Stark said.
The gift shop will be closed for the immediate future. There will be a Plexiglas shield between guests and box office employees.