Restaurants Revise Business Practices to Stay Afloat During COV-19 Slowdown

Take-out, curbside and delivery services are keeping a number of local businesses and services available in the face of an unprecedented number of closings and social restrictions due to the State of Connecticut’s measures to curb the COV-19 world pandemic.

While restaurants and bars have been temporarily closed to in-house dining, take-out and delivery services are available from most eateries throughout the region.  Like most eateries that do not have a drive-in window, customers can still walk into The Gathering Ground at 482 Spring Street in Windsor Locks to order, but they cannot eat indoors. Social distancing is practiced inside and outside, where curbside pick-up is also available.

Owner Tom Kupec spoke realistically about the changes he had to make from a business-as-usual day at the Gathering Ground to be in compliance with Governor Lamont’s COV-19 directive that went into effect March 23. “We’ve reduced our menu and offer an inexpensive $6.50 lunch,” said Kupec, whose take-out breakfasts and lunches are still home-cooked.

The tweaked business plan so far has allowed him to keep 60% of his workers employed. He emphasized, “We wouldn’t be here without the help of others,” including rent forgiveness by landlords and a utility company that “works with you.”

Kupec admits business is slow, but he remains optimistic, saying, “We’ll come out stronger. Don’t worry.” Gathering Ground is open for take-out and curbside pick-up daily, 5am to 2 pm (860-254-5522)

Governor Lamont’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” plea doesn’t have to keep area diners from enjoying the full menu of pub-styled food offered by Four Seasons by the Lake at 51 Old Springfield Road in Stafford Springs. Four Seasons offers deliveries (in mostly Stafford Springs and Somers) as well as curbside pickup, every day, starting at noon.

In addition, alcoholic beverages can be added to curbside pickup food orders at Four Seasons. Patrons must purchase food to be able to place a beer, wine and liquor purchase, all of which are available to be sold only in sealed containers. Alcohol purchases cannot be added to delivery orders. As always, proper identification is required for the purchase of alcohol. Call 860-851-9445 for more details on alcohol availability and to order.

“Our hope is to stay afloat through this and continue give back to the community,” said Jon Taylor, manager of the restaurant.  He said, overall, business is 75% down.

Most restaurants throughout the NCCCC area are open for take-out/curbside business through the slowdown meant to curb the COV-19. The purchase of gift cards can also help sustain them through these challenging times.

The staff at Four Seasons by the Lake prepare a take-out order for a family of six.
Photos by Jon Taylor

Breakfast in a box is the new way to enjoy home-cooked food from the Gathering Ground

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