(Image courtesy of The Handlebar Pub and Grill Facebook Page)
Many restaurant and storefront businesses around the country have taken a devastating hit in the face of COVID-19, but thankfully communities have rallied around their favorite local businesses.
The Handlebar Pub and Grill, in Apache Junction, Arizona have experienced firsthand both the impact of the virus and the generosity of their caring community members.
In this recent article, Denny Plzak, part-owner and operator of the Arizona pub shared that the springtime onset of the virus brought a unique challenge to their business — “In summer you usually run a deficit. And so, the biggest challenge was losing parts of March and April, which are very good money-making months — help tide you through summer. So, that was a challenge, getting hit with that. So, that really hurt.”
Plzak’s business has done its best to adjust to the new COVID-19 related requirements, adding space between tables, dedicating an additional 120 hours a week to manpower for sanitizing, and even moving the entrance of their restaurant to keep patrons from needing to be within six feet of one another.
In response to COVID and the business’s struggles, the community has come to the rescue, maintaining loyalty during this time and even giving generously to the restaurant’s employees.
Plzak shared, “There were some really cool things that happened during the shutdown. There were people who actually came through and donated their stimulus check to employees here. Peoples’ generosity during that time was pretty amazing.”
He added, “It’s way easier to take that and go spend it on yourself than give it away to people you know are hurting and in need. That speaks a lot.”
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