Local restaurants try to stay open amid Coronavirus quarantines

As the coronavirus affects many businesses, local restaurants like Parthenon are just trying to stay open.

As the coronavirus affects many businesses, local restaurants like Parthenon are just trying to stay open.

“If you were to say percentage-wise what was dine-in business as opposed to carry- out business, we’re probably doing a third of what we normally would,” said George Kazas, owner.

Parthenon is one of south Lincoln’s popular local eateries and as the coronavirus pushes the public to stay indoors, it’s greatly affecting the way restaurants operate.

“With everything else going on, we said we’ve got to start delivering and that’s kind of what we’ve done to compensate for the dining room being closed, lack of business, and we’re surviving little by little,” said Kazas.

He has had to cut hours and move employees around to keep the business afloat. A server shares her thanks.

“We’re a little slow but George is amazing he always lets us come in and find something to do and even though he might not be making money he’s so selfless and lets us work anyway,” says Jane Fritz.

George says one positive out of all of this is his servers are understanding the kitchen more and each employee is gaining different skills, especially when it comes to delivery.

“Timing is down and getting the food hot when it gets there, having that non–contact available where we leave it at your doorstep and credit card over the phone situation,” says Kazas. “So, yeah it’s been working out fine.”

“It’s scary sometimes but we just try and we wash our hands a lot and practice good hygiene,” adds Fritz.

With almost 20 years in the business, George says he’s not giving up yet.

“It’s a substantial amount less but were managing to keep doors open, keep employees going and fight through this,” says Kazas.

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Find out what local businesses are still open across Nebraska and how they’re handling the COVID-19 crisis at our What’s Open Nebraska database.

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