“The biggest thing we’re doing is just trying to get people out to restaurants as much as possible and try to help them stay open," Garrison said. “We’ve offered to hire any employees that are getting laid off as drivers temporarily and get them back when this is all over."
Garrison said a lot of people can't leave their homes, and that is where his delivery service can be helpful to the community.
“We can help in that way by getting people to go to restaurants, but I think there’s an awful lot of people who still don’t want to go out, and I understand that," he said. "And I think that’s where we can really help as a delivery service, and we’ve been here a lot longer than Uber or DoorDash or Grubhub have even existed."
Garrison Sitts, a cashier at Buns, echoed Garrison’s sentiment of uncertainty.
“In the restaurant business right now, we're very unsure," Sitts said. "A lot of the cooks and some of the cashiers are being cut from work and are having to file for unemployment. As far as a plan moving forward, none of us are really sure because we’ve never really dealt with anything like this at all.”
Jason Gilbert, general manager of Carolina Brewery's Chapel Hill location, said his restaurant has also had to lay people off. He said the restaurant is currently operating with just managers and a few key team members who have been at Carolina Brewery for a long time.
Gilbert also said management is evaluating the best way for the restaurant to move forward.
“Even if we do close the Chapel Hill location, we would only do that to relocate management into one location, our location in Pittsboro, and operate in that business, but we have no intention of closing for a long period of time," Gilbert said.
Many restaurants said they are being extra cautious about health and safety.
“We’re just going day by day, sanitizing and cleaning as much as possible and taking all the extra precautions," said Andy Ridge, general manager of LOTSA Stone Fired Pizza.
Garrison said it is important to keep everyone safe and healthy during these uncertain times and that the restaurant shutdown has some benefits.
“It's really tough from a social and business perspective," he said. "But I think from a health perspective it's a very good thing."
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