OLEAN, NY – “We’re going to do what we have to.”
That's what Anthony Fratercangelo, owner of Angee's Restaurant, had to say regarding the state-mandated closing of on-premise restaurant service that went into effect at 8 p.m. Monday following a 10 a.m. Coranavirus precautions conference call announcement made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut.
Like Fratercangelo, Mike Jaeger, owner of AJ’s Subs, Pizza and Grill, and Amy Sherburne, owner of Union Tea Cafe, plan to offer pick-up, take-out and delivery services via phone, online and in-person,
Fratercangelo also plans to cater and said he expects Angee's alcohol sales to be affected because of the disparity of alcohol prices between liquor stores and bars. He suspects, however, that people ordering from the nearby Holiday Inn Express are likely to buy alcohol from Angee's.
Jaeger said he wants to prioritize safety in the community, especially among the elderly. Senior citizens often visit his restaurant.
“We’ll certainly miss our dine-in guests, but it’s something we’re willing to sacrifice for the community,” Jaeger said. “We’re hoping this won’t last long, and we’ll come out the other end stronger.”
Sherburne said she hopes that people who purchase food and beverage at the cafe take advantage of the warming weather and sit outside at the tables she has outside the tea room
“It’s uncharted waters,” Sherburne said. “We hope the community will support take-out businesses while we go through this time. Our health and well-being is of the utmost importance, and if this helps to flatten the curve, I’m more than willing to do my part.”
Sherburne said she may cut back cafe hours back to a morning schedule if the on-premise closings persists.
For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.
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