But Burrows also said he thinks the rescue birds who nest at the restaurant are eager for a return to the way things used to be.
“We know that they're excited to get back to normal and to see people every day,” Burrows says.
Even though the restaurant has been closed, life has moved on for the birds who had regular TLC from a family of caretakers.
“The birds have been pretty busy themselves,” Burrows says. “Recently, Courtney had some eggs, so we’re going to see if she becomes a mother. They just got a new cage, giving them more space. We added more fans. We want them to be as cool as possible in the summer.”
Courtney is a green military macaw with a splash of red on her brow. According to Burrows, Courtney and her flock loved it when the brewery was packed.
“The reason why we get these rescue birds is that most of them require eight hours of attention per day,” he says. “Having this restaurant allows us to give them that attention. So this shutdown has been a little tough on them. We're excited to get people back in the door to talk to our birds.”
“I hope that people are understanding of the changes,” Burrows says. “I know it’s eerie to see someone wearing a face mask and bringing your food. But they need to know it’s for their protection.”
The kitchen has also pared down the menu as the amount of customers showing up this weekend is unknown. The Perch is a scratch kitchen, meaning specialties like the jalapeno marmalade wings can take up to five hours a batch. If the kitchen staff prepped every single item on the usual menu, they might have to throw some away. "That's something that we don’t want to do,” Burrows says.
“We could be busier than ever because people have been in quarantine for so long,” he continues. "Or we could, you know, have nobody show up because they’re still wary, which I totally understand."
The other usual perks of The Perch will also return, including a DJ playing to the rooftop bar area and more live music scheduled for this first weekend back.