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R Diner in Monroe using shower curtains to help separate customers

Posted at 5:02 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 07:09:11-04

MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ — A diner in Monroe is finding a creative way to make customers feel safe while dining out, and it involves a common household item found in the bathroom.

“People like to go eat out, and they know when they see all the barricades I made in here, they know they are safe,” said owner of R Diner, Ilir Kurti.

He decided to start hanging shower curtains around the restaurant, using them as a partition between booths.

“It is so unusual, this is like we never thought the restaurant would look like this, you know, but we are kinda getting used to it,” said the owner's son Denis Kurti.

They have also provided three spots within the restaurant for customers to use hand sanitizer.

It was three years ago that the Kurti family bought R Diner in Monroe, located on Monroe near 7th Street.

“We’re just like a family business, me, my two kids, my wife all in here,” said Ilir.

The Kurti family did take the time to donate 140 meals to nurses at Promedica in Monroe during the lockdown.

“The feeling of just like donating all that it’s just amazing, it is indescribable,” said Denis.

Due to the new rules in place limiting restaurant capacity to 50 percent, R Diner is currently not taking reservations. They are setting people by first come first serve.