HENDERSON, Ky, (WEHT)–It’s been a week since Governor Andy Beshear made the decision to close restaurants in the Commonwealth to dine-in service.
Now, on National To-Go Day, some restaurants we checked on last week when the order came down are doing what they can.
When this restriction first started some local places like Tacoholics had a hard time figuring out what they were going to do to stay open and pay their employees. But both of the places we spoke with say they’re pushing through.
Open signs are on even of chairs are empty as restaurants push bags of food out their carry out windows. When restrictions were placed on restaurants last week some local places didn’t know what to do.
“In the beginning it was difficult. Very very difficult. We even shut down for three days because we didn’t want to have so many people close to each other when they’re picking up food,” Macros Nicholas says.
But since then changes for some like Tacoholics in downtown Henderson have made their process easier.
“We did our own drive-thru with our Chimi Truck and we’re people six feet part or bigger, longer distance,” Nicholas explains.
Across town, Algonquins owner Linda Stone says people are responding to their pleas for help.
“Been doing pretty good. I’m really pleased. We sell a lot of food and so everyone is still coming to us for their meals” Linda Stone explains.
Both restaurants had to make changes to staff during the restriction. Stone says she isn’t able to have bartenders work. Marcos Nicholas says they’ve laid off some of their employees.
“We have normally 6 employees in the kitchen. We reduced it to three employees,” he explains.
And server schedules have changed too.
“Instead of working everyday or every other day they’re working every four days. That way at least they have a little bit of money in their pockets. “
But Nicholas says he is taking a positive outlook on everyday.
“That’s why I wore this shirt today. Find a way or fade away. So we need to find a way to overdo this.”
Both owners say they’ll keep doing whatever they need to to stay open. As of now there is still no date for when the restrictions are to be lifted.
(This story was originally published on March 24, 2020)