GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — At Flo’s Pizzeria off Plainfield Avenue, their focus is on serving to clients but additionally making it via one other week.
“We work twice as onerous as a result of we now have to make it possible for we are able to maintain these doorways open each single day,” mentioned David Uccello, co-owner.
Uccello says like most companies, his has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. He estimates a 50 % lower in gross sales in 2020 and earnings round $0 in 2020. He says they’ve needed to lay off about 50 % of their employees at their areas, which is 90 staff.
“Receiving these telephone calls generally from staff saying they’ll’t pay their hire or they’ll’t put meals on their desk for his or her kids–it is heartbreaking,” mentioned Uccello.
So when somebody, or on this case one other West Michigan enterprise, is concentrated on serving to Flo’s handle these results, Uccello says it means so much.
“Them buying these items playing cards doesn’t remedy all of our issues,” mentioned Uccello. “What it does do, although, is it provides us the hope, the sense that the neighborhood is behind us. That proper there’s greater than the monetary side of this program.”
Flo’s is a part of a giveback initiative began final week by Baragar Realty.
Jessie Baragar, co-owner, says for the following 20 weeks, they’ll give away $21 reward playing cards to eating places in northeast Grand Rapids.
“[We] type of needed to do a play off of the brand new 12 months,” mentioned Baragar. “Actually simply attempting to maintain the texture right here round; maintain these mom-and-pop outlets open and flourishing. They’re those supporting all of the native little leagues with us and every part, so from one enterprise proprietor to a different, I simply assume it’s actually vital to attempt to discover a manner to assist.”
Baragar says his father got here up with the thought.
Just one reward card shall be given away every week, however to enter, folks should “like” Baragar Realty and the eating places’ social media pages after which touch upon Baragar’s publish about why they get pleasure from that week’s place.
Baragar believes the interplay provides to this system by producing buzz and provoking folks to attempt that week’s restaurant.
“The extra we are able to come collectively as a neighborhood like this and help each other…I believe that’s simply actually a optimistic factor in all facets,” mentioned Baragar.
Uccello hopes it simply conjures up folks in West Michigan to give attention to how they’ll help each other.
“Should you do have the means, if you’re in an trade that has not essentially been affected or has been affected in a optimistic manner, which there truly are these industries, attempt to attain out,” mentioned Uccello. “Attempt to create some type of initiative on your neighborhood to have the ability to higher it.”
To observe Baragar, click on here.
Different collaborating eating places embody Fats Boy Burgers, Graydon’s Crossing, Charlie’s, Choo Choo Grill, Bud & Stanley’s, Fred’s, Robinette’s, Anna’s Home, River North Public Home, Taco Boy, Lucy’s, Switchback Espresso, Cheers, Kitchen 67, Russ’, The Rating, Loco Taco, Bostwick Bakery, and Licari’s Pizza.