Locally owned restaurants fear aftermath of coronavirus

Posted at 6:35 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:56:09-04

BROUSSARD — For restaurants across the state, today was the first day of takeout or delivery service only. Some restaurants are worrying whether they'll survive the closure.

During Tuesdays lunch rush at Sicily's Ultimate Italian Buffet, a dining room is filled with empty tables.

"That's sad, that's not what we were organized and built for" Quinn Hebert said.

Some employees are stepping up to help out in a big way.

Hebert typically makes pizzas at the restaurant, but from here on out he'll be packing to-go plates and doing so on a volunteer basis, to help out his boss.

"He always has our back, and it's a pleasure to give that back," Hebert said.

Restaurant owner Randy Delatte says the business is doing its part, to deliver a service in a safe way. He's hoping customers will help out too.

"If you don't come out, support us,and help sustain us, who will be left afterwards. I'm going to survive it, I know people that won't. My employees are volunteering to work for nothing, to make sure we can do it," Delatte said.

"We have operations as good as we can right now, we just need people to trust and come, and patronize our business," Hebert said.

Ways to help support your locally owned businesses include tipping extra, and buying gift cards.