COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — It’s been a challenging year for everyone, and even more challenging for the food service industry.
Restaurants are still trying to find a way to stay in business despite new limitations. Starting on Monday, you have the chance to help support establishments struggling due to the pandemic.
“They’re always there for us, so we need to be there for them,” noted Columbus local, Mallory Hudson.
They feed us, create special experiences and give us something to look forward to, especially during such an unprecedented time.
“I feel like for restaurant week, people see that restaurants are doing their best to keep people in a safe, comfortable environment,” explained Adam Solomon, Manager at Fireproof Columbus.
Solomon, whose restaurant Fireproof is in the Short North, says it hasn’t been easy for anyone. But he believes the community will come through, and everything will work itself out.
“I think it’s the opportunity for people to have the excuse to come out and feel a little more normal for once, which I feel like every one is craving right now.”
Downtown at Milestone 229, they’ve only been reopened for about two months. But they say they’ve seen tremendous support from the community.
“We want to be that place where you escape everything that’s going on right now,” said Manager, Freddy Marshall. “Kind of come here, sit down, take that mask off, have some dinner, and kind of forget about everything that’s going on in the world.”
But that’s not the case for everyone. At about half capacity, and paying extra costs associated with PPE and limited hours to serve alcohol — it all adds up. Restaurants are feeling the effects.
Locals say they’ve been trying to support restaurants as much as they can. Steve Wharton says he’s looking forward to Restaurant Week as a way to support even more, and enjoy a nice meal with his family.
“There are a couple local places we go to and try and support we go out to lunch too and tip a little higher than normal to kick in and do our share, said Wharton.
Our restaurants across central Ohio hope their cuisine, price tags, and unique experiences will get more of the community to notice, and get out to eat local this week.
“It’s just trying to keep people in a good mood feeling safe and doing the right things,” explained Solomon.
A lot of these restaurants are offering their Restaurant Week menu to go because of the pandemic. Restaurant week kicks off tomorrow and will finish up on Saturday.
For more information including participating restaurants, click here.