Tri-State man finds new way to dine out

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UPDATE: EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Due to COVID-19, bars and restaurants have had to make major changes to the way they do business, and some have laid off staff or close down entirely. To help keep local restaurants in business, Mark Cole has found a new way to eat out.

“I’m just doing my part, I’m going to eat and I love to eat so that’s just the way it is,” said Cole.

Mark Cole eats out everyday.

“It’s just refreshing to come to lunch where people do know me or sometimes don’t know me where I go,” said Cole.

Since he can’t eat inside, he now brings a table and a chair wherever he goes to set up his own dining room in the parking lot.

Cole owns an auto-glass repair shop which is deemed an essential business. He says as long as he has the money, he’ll keep supporting those in need.

“They’re losing a lot of revenue,” said Cole. “They make $2.15 an hour or whatever it is, plus their tips and they don’t have their tips coming in now. What do they have to fall back on now? Nothing.”

Before digging in, Cole shares his meals to Facebook. His posts have gained support from the community and inspired others to also try this new way of dining out.

“I’m going to live, I’m going to come out and do what I can do and keep separated from people and build this, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s what I’ve always done,” said Cole.

When he’s done, he packs up and hits the road until it’s time for his next meal.

“You have to fear this, but you don’t have to let it control your life,” said Cole.

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(This story was originally published on March 30, 2020)

ORIGINAL STORY: EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Due to COVID-19, bars and restaurants have had to make major changes to the way they do business, and some have laid off staff or close down entirely.

Mark Cole has changed the way he eats out.

“I’m gonna eat and I love to eat so that’s just the way it is,” Cole said.

Since he can’t enjoy his meals inside, he found a creative way to still dine at his favorite hot spots every day. He’s started traveling with a table and chair and setting up his own dining room in the parking lot.

“I’m just doing my part,” Cole said.

He travels around the Tri-State to help support as many restaurants as he can.

“I can’t live in fear. I mean rightfully so. You have to fear this, but you don’t have to let it control your life. I’m going to live, I’m going to come out and do what I can do and keep separated from people and build this, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s what I’ve always done,” Cole said.

He’s also started sharing his meals on Facebook, inspiring some of his friends to also find a new way to dine out.

“It’s just refreshing to come to lunch where people do know me or sometimes don’t know me where I go. But I can get out and see people and meet people and that’s just something I’ve done all my life,” Cole said.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the
Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter.

(This story was originally published on March 30, 2020)

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