When we last visited Farewell in February,business for the retro chic vegan eatery was booming.
Theyre coming back every you know to eat all the time repeatedly,and without that main customer base, we wouldnt be here.
So Im extremely grateful for the people who make our restaurant happen.
Owner Doran Peterson is a nutritional expert,passionate about introducing animal-free products to her menu.
Everything from plant-based hamburgers to vegan pastries.
But then the lockdown order in Washington DC.
I guess it was March 16th, we started winding down just based on what was happening,pulling back operations, restricting seating,just kind of like minute by minute waiting to see what was happening.
And we thought it was going to be two weeks.
Two months later, Peterson who owns two restaurants struggles to cope.
Yeah, I wouldnt call them profits right now.
There are no profit.
She laid off a third of her staff, took out a second loan, and delayed her rent payments.
Takeout and online orders which used to be less than 15 percent of the business,now accounts for nearly all of it.
We are generating daily gross sales enough so that we can pay for the ingredients,and pay for our current staff and keep them employed right now.
She wishes there was more guidance from the city and the federal government,on how to receive financial assistance.
As traumatic as the experience has been, Peterson says failure has never been an option.
To be totally like honest and personal, failure for me means losing my house,it means 50 employees are out of work.
Peterson says the business environment has changed forever.
But she hopes changes caused by the pandemic will mean,a greater focus on the health and well-being of communities,on the workers who make businesses run, and less on the bottom line.
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