Matt: We are living in some crazy times with this coronavirus/ COVID-19 thing. How are you hanging in there personally?
Carole: Personally, I vacillate from being OK and calm to anxiety attacks and everything in between. I am fine when I don’t think about our businesses and when I am distracted from the basic fear of the virus itself.
Matt: How have your businesses been hit by these recent issues?
Carole: We have had to close Il Cortile and The Truck and we combined our menus and have that menu offered at LA Cosecha for Take Out.
Matt: What are you doing to try and mitigate the impact?
Carole: Well, the take out business helps a bit and we have applied for all the SBA Loans that we qualify for.
Matt: Are you providing any deals, specials, or other services during this time?
Carole: Yes, each week we try to come up with package deals for families and couples like, Margarita, Margarita. IT is 4 Margarita cocktails, 8 tacos and 1 Margarita pizza!
Matt: Do you have a message to your regular customers or to customers in general?
Carole: We miss them so much and want to thank them for their support during this time. We see a lot of regulars at least once a week for take out and a lot of them have bought gift cards as well. It is so heartwarming to see the support we have from our customers who have really become our friends. I find it difficult to not be able to talk to them for a while plus share some time and a few laughs as we do when they are actually in the restaurants.
Plus, our employees, miss them as well….. can’t wait to see them again in the restaurant!
Matt: Any advice to other small business owners?
Carole: Read everything you can to find out what you are eligible for. When you are home, try to enjoy the quiet time in any way you can. I am doing a puzzle, doing home projects, gardening, etc. It keeps your mind off of all the scary issues of the day!
Matt: Anything else you want to bring up and discuss?
Carole: I hope when we go back, smart minds prevail and politics stays out of the healing!