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Pompeii Ristorante overcomes COVID scare after positive test, reopens doors

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Pompeii Ristorante closed at the beginning of the month after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. In subsequent testing, another employee also tested positive. The restaurant reopened Sept. 11.

Pompeii Ristorante in downtown Los Altos reopened Sept. 11 after closing at the beginning of the month due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

The staff member was a “non-customer facing” employee, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page Sept. 7. An “aggressive shutdown plan” was put in place and all employees were tested. An additional “non-customer facing” employee tested positive. The employees were doing well and quarantining at home.

In a text message, Norma Gutierrez, a Pompeii owner, said the past few weeks have been difficult due to the hot weather and the closure. Then, upon reopening, the staff was greeted by smoky skies and ashes from nearby wildfires.

“We are resilient and we will get through these difficult times because at the same time we are grateful for all the support and encouragement from our customers,” Gutierrez said. “We love Los Altos, for in these 14 years we have met wonderful and loyal customers in this beautiful town and their encouragement and support is what makes these hard times less difficult.”

At least two other Los Altos businesses temporarily closed due to employees testing positive for COVID-19. Both Draeger’s Market and State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria shut their doors for several days in July.

Pompeii, located on State Street, is open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays for takeout only.

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