Westchester restaurants get creative to help attract customers
The restaurant industry in Westchester County is among the hardest hit during the coronavirus outbreak, and some are trying to be creative in order to attract customers.
Several owners are Turning to Tara to let the public know they are still open for business.
The emergency restaurant closure order in New York has entered week two, with dozens of family-owned businesses across the Hudson Valley desperate to get the message out that they are relying on takeout and delivery to get by.
Stephen Berg, who owns the popular White Plains eatery The Iron Tomato, says business has plummeted 85%, forcing him to make painful decisions.
“We have had to cut schedules, we have had to cut payroll or we go under....so we want have people to have a job to come back to,” he says
Down the block, La Bocca restaurant says it is hanging on by a thread and that it will be forced to close if it stays like this.
Downtown Scarsdale has been transformed into a ghost town, too.
Nick Livanos, the co-owner of Via Forno Wood Fired Pizza, says he doesn’t know anyone making money at this point.
Livanos says he is trying to get creative by offering up options like pizza kits to lure in customers.
In Dobbs Ferry, The Parlor is launching a “dough for dough” program.
They say for every pizza ordered, they are donating a pie to hospital workers and first responders.
Some owners even have even turned to crowdsourcing to help out laid off workers.
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