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Families celebrate Father's Day by dining out

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 21:09:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)-- Happy Father's Day! Many dads were happy to take their loved ones out for a hearty meal, now that COVID-19 restrictions have become a little looser.

All around town, there were lines out the door for Father's Day brunch. This was a welcome sight for San Diego restaurant owners.

"We missed mother's day, and we missed spring break," Johnny Rivera, co-owner of Hash House A Go Go in Hillcrest said. "These are the acorns in our business that we like to gather. And now that it's Father's Day, we feel like kind of back to normal today."

During last month's Mother's Day, restaurants were only allowed to offer curbside pick up and delivery due to County Health Department rules. But now that dining restrictions have eased up, the 'Papa Bears' were ready for their big outing.

"They seem like they're coming out of hibernation a little bit," Rivera laughed.

Some were still a bit hesitant to dine out.

"We were a little skeptical about it, but we still enjoy going out here and there," father, Alan Valdez said. He and his family were dining at Breakfast Republic in Downtown San Diego.

Others were publicly ready to celebrate fatherhood with their loved ones.

"We were all waiting by our cars," a diner at Hash House A Go Go said. "We got a phone call, and everybody kept their distance while we were waiting." Three generations of his family were dining out, after getting a last-minute table at the restaurant.

Of course, menu items were all dad-sized and dad-approved.

"Pork ribs and eggs, chicken wings and eggs, fried chicken, waffle, all things dad needs," Rivera shared.

"You can take a shower in this bowl, man!" the diner at Hash House said.

The best part of the day?

"Just hang out, take a day off work," Valdez said.

"I got my family. That's all that matters!"