We haven't stopped smiling since Thursday's announcement from Governor Charlie Baker that the capacity restrictions are going to be lifted Monday on Massachusetts restaurants.

While restaurants will still need to keep customers socially distant, limit table time to 90 minutes and seat parties up to six people maximum, it is a big step in the right direction for an industry that has been taking it on the chin for a solid year.

One huge step forward on Monday will be the green light for SouthCoast restaurants to host musical performances. Business models for places like Airport Grille and The Vault at Greasy Luck were specifically designed for live music. It's no secret that entertaining live music brings in the dollars for places like these.

While we are so encouraged that things are getting closer to normal at SouthCoast restaurants, our job is not yet done. Now more than ever, we are encouraging you to dine out at locally-owned restaurants. By doing so, you not only support the local owners, but also the local waitstaff, hosts and hostesses, and bartenders who have paid a tremendous financial price over the past 12 months.

As we celebrate some of our favorite restaurants, we wanted to make sure to specifically highlight some of our favorite front-of-house staff as well. Servers' hours have been cut so dramatically over the past year that your favorites may still be missing.

We are wondering who you'd nominate for best waitstaff, as a team? Which restaurant has the best crew top to bottom?

Let us know, and then we'll open it up to voting. We'll narrow it down to the best waitstaff team on the SouthCoast.

NOMINATIONS HAVE ENDED. VOTE HERE.

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