Rock ‘n’ Joe sources local, hopeful as mask mandate ends

With the mask mandate ending Friday, Channel 8 spoke with a Rock N Joe, one of the many businesses in town looking forward to rebounding as the pandemic eases.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With the mask mandate ending on Friday, Channel 8 spoke with a Rock ‘n’ Joe, one of the many businesses in town looking forward to rebounding as the pandemic eases.

Manager Dennis Niehueser says when the pandemic began, Rock ‘n’ Joe was hit like every business seeing a dip in sales averaging around 27 % in April of 2020.

They then got to work making their drive-thru the focus until they could reopen.

“It’s nice to see we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, especially with the mask mandate winding the end of the week,” said Niehueser.

“We hear a lot of compliments lately people are more comfortable getting out and being in the community or being out and about so that’s nice.”

Now as supply chains impact smaller businesses, Rock ‘n’ Joe sources local serving treats from Lincoln bakeries and getting their coffee beans from Washington and so far, staying ahead of most supply chain problems.

“There have been some challenges with deliveries on different items,” said Niehueser.

“Not so much the food side but just supplies. So, we’re working through that. We’re actually coming up with new products to offer to entice people to come in and try us out.”

Now the managers say it is still an uphill climb to get back to normal, but they are hopeful as more people get out in the Capitol City.

 

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