FRIDAYS ARE FOR FRANK: The Dinner Bell Goes “Ring-A-Ding-Ding,” As Indoor Dining Returns to NJ
As of 6:00 a.m. this morning, you can once again eat in a restaurant in the State of New Jersey.
To all our #Hoboken residents: if you are comfortable with indoor dining, please (safely) patronize your favorite restaurants! https://t.co/5QgFwFNzSO
— Hoboken Relief Fund (@HobokenRelief) September 4, 2020
Our good friends over at Leo’s Grandevous have set the tone for this week’s “Fridays Are For Frank,” as they prepare to welcome customers once again to the longest-running restaurant in Hoboken.
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Restaurateurs and patrons alike are looking forward to the resumption of indoor dining on September 4, albeit with capacity limited to 25%. For an industry that’s largely based on volume, hospitality business owners hope Friday’s step is the first towards a steady return toward viability in Hoboken—which was among the first in the nation to shut down in the face of COVID.
According to the Governor’s Executive Order, all orders must be placed while seating and there is no consuming of beverages or food while standing. Food and beverages must be brought to tables by wait staff to seated customers, and seating is limited to eight customers per table—with a minimum of six feet of distance between chairs between tables.
“Ring-a-Ding-Ding!” is the title track off Sinatra’s 1961 album—the first to be released by his Reprise label—which more or less set the tone for the Rat Pack era. The idea was “an album without ballads”, offering only uptempo swing numbers.
The song itself was written specifically for Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. “Ring-a-Ding-Ding!” reached No. 4, and managed to maintain a 35 week stay on the charts.
As the dinner bell goes “Ring-a-Ding-Ding!” in Hoboken and across the Garden State tonight, please, PLEASE be patient as our renowned hospitality industry continues to roll with the changes in their efforts to serve you safely and efficiently.