Local restaurants, which have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, are holding their own by offering takeout and delivery services.
Owners have been forced to lay off some employees and reduce their hours as a result of the outbreak, but they remain optimistic that business eventually will return to normal levels.
James’ Pizza, which is at Pine and Franklin streets in the Fifth Ward of the city, has not experienced too much of a dropoff, especially in its pizza sales, according to longtime employees Mark and Louise James.
The 70-year-old business, which is owned by Mark James’ father, Florian “Flo” James, continues to offer takeout and delivery service while operating from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
A full menu remains available at the eatery.
“We sold out Thursday and had a great day Friday,” Mark James said.
His wife added, “Outside of the bar being closed, we’ve been able to maintain a pretty good business.”
She described the coronavirus as “scary” and hopes conditions improve in the near future so everyone’s lives can get back to normal.
Customers can place orders at James’ Pizza by calling 570-648-9311.
At Pete’s Restaurant and Pizzeria along Route 61 just outside of Kulpmont, owner-operator Frank Purpura said he and his employees are coping with the coronavirus as best as can be expected.
“You try to do your best and move forward,” Purpura said. “Everybody is in the same boat. You just can’t stay home all the time. We are here to offer great food to our customers.”
Pete’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, which is providing full-menu takeout service from 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, can be reached at 570-373-1600.
At Original Italian Pizza (OIP), 150 E. Independence St., Shamokin, takeout service from its full menu is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week by calling 570-644-7621.
General manager Chrissy Geiswite said business has been a “little slow” since Gov. Tom Wolf ordered restaurants throughout the state to shut down their dining areas last week. But she’s hoping the 28-year-old popular eatery in the downtown district resumes its busy ways in the near future.
“I hope the virus can be contained sooner rather than later,” Geiswite said. “People need to listen and take all the proper precautions and quarantine themselves if they have the virus. Fortunately, there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus in Northumberland County and hopefully it stays that way.”
Jackie Valania, who owns and operates The Dining Room at Sweet Tooth Cafe, 100 E. Independence St., Shamokin, with her husband, Michael Kane, and her mother, Freda Williams, said takeout and delivery service from the full menu is available by calling 570-259-0242. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Friday was our best day so far due to our fish fry meals,” Valania said.
“The coronavirus has been rough on the employees,” she added. “We are continuing to operate with just our family members. But everyone has been very generous with tips and it’s nice to see the community pulling together to not only help the small businesses, but each other.”