CHICO, Calif. – This week marks the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the statewide stay-at-home order.
Action News Now has checked how businesses have changed since then, including a popular restaurant called Morning Thunder Café.
“It’s pretty much my daily routine, great food,” said Adam Patterson, a Chico resident who is a coffeehouse regular.
And the person who makes sure people keep saying those kind words is Adenia Luna, the owner of Morning Thunder Café.
“I have the most loyal amazing customers in the world,” Luna said.
But it wasn’t always all smiles like it is now.
About two years ago, Luna, like all of us, learned that our state was going into lockdown.
“It’s not a permanent state. It’s a moment in time,” Governor Newsom said on March 19, 2020.
“There was just this huge void, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” Luna said.
Even when they were allowed to serve on the outside, it was not an easy adjustment.
“We went and bought a bunch of picnic tables and made stations for the yard dividers,” Luna explained. “We found signs, this and that.”
But with that also came whole new challenges like delivery.
“Which I had never done before. It exploded,” Luna said.
Even after the pandemic is over. Luna tells Action News Now that her restaurant will maintain numerous safety protocols.
“Some people are even more comfortable doing the sidewalk. A lot of people still want to sit outside even when it’s cold. We have heaters now. We still haven’t turned off all of our old spacing,” said said Luna.
Everything to put his customers at ease and it seems to work because his customers keep coming back.
Food also helps.
“My old brother lived here and dropped me off to check it out, I was sold,” Patterson said.
The owner tells Action News Now that business owners like her aren’t too comfortable yet. They are still struggling with supply issues and price increases.
Luna first worked at this restaurant in 1993 and bought it from the owners a few years later.