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Santa Barbara bars look for ways to serve food to avoid closures

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Tracy Lehr / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - When Santa Barbara County's Public Health Officer announced the closure to bars starting Wednesday, Dr. Henning Ansorg specified bars that don't serve food.

On Tuesday, some bars were scrambling to find ways to serve food and apply for some kind of emergency catering license.

The Downtown Organization called it an emergency cafeteria operating permit. Whatever it is called, bars want it.

Patrick Owens said that is what the family owned Old Kings Road is trying to do.

Owens said the bar set up a dining area on State Street and hopes to serve food from Joe's Cafe next door.

The Press Room would like to serve males from Dargan's across the street or empanadas from a caterer.

They hope to find out if they can do that by Thursday.

Coronavirus / Health / Money and Business

Tracy Lehr

Tracy Lehr is a reporter and the weekend anchor of KCOY|KEYT|KKFX.

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