CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Metropolis Councilor Joel McAuliffe mentioned with Frontera Grill Proprietor how his small enterprise is adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday morning.
In line with a information launch despatched to 22Information, the interview was posted on Fb Tuesday morning and is the primary entry in a weekly sequence which can give attention to individuals and companies in Chicopee and the affect COVID-19 has had on them.
Frontera Grill, a Mexican restaurant on Memorial Drive in Chicopee, has remained open for takeout throughout the pandemic. McAuliffe requested Proprietor Frederico Mendiola how the restaurant transitioned to a 100% takeout enterprise.
Mendiola recounted stocking up on takeout packing containers, worrying about his staff, and quickly shedding enterprise. “We had nearly nothing, however then I assumed, that’s only the start,” Mendiola mentioned.
In line with Mendiola, he believes remaining open was the suitable choice. Inside two weeks of transitioning, Frontera was working with a full employees and receiving a gentle stream of on-line orders. On Cinco de Mayo, Frontera acquired over 500 orders.
After filling orders till 10 PM, the group introduced over 60 leftover meals to front-line employees at Baystate Hospital, which in line with Mendiola was the spotlight of his day. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Individuals have needed to file for unemployment and alter to a distinct day by day routine.
“All of us are coping with an elevated quantity of stress. We have to acknowledge that we must be form to one another,” McAuliffe mentioned.
Councilor McAuliffe additionally thanked Mendiola for sustaining normalcy for Chicopee residents. “It might sound small, but it surely makes the largest distinction in individuals’s lives, ensuring that they’ll take pleasure in their favourite restaurant.”