Many local restaurants around Williamson County have had to adapt to the changing situation as restrictions are placed on the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For now, the solution many restaurants offer includes curbside pickup and food delivery through services such as Delivery Dudes.
For Chad Collier, owner of Papa C Pies Bakery in Brentwood, adapting to the current situation by ramping up online ordering, curbside pickup and partnering with food delivery partners was imperative.
“We’ve had to get a little more innovative to reach people and encourage them to come out,” Collier said. “The food delivery partner we use has really picked up; typically, that’s been on the lower end.”
Since the bakery was a former dry cleaners and has an existing sliding door, the transition for Collier has been easier, but like many, the drop in business has him feeling a level of uncertainty for what the future looks like.
“I know our landlord still wants his check here in April,” he said. “This situation weighs on me a lot, because I need the same amount of business and for my employees to thrive.”
Like many small business owners, Collier feels the stress, anxiety and bewilderment the pandemic has caused.
“Fortunately, we have a little bit of a cushion to work with, but no one knows how long this could go on for,” he said.
Whether it’s dessert or dinner pies, Collier and his three staff members are ready to serve the community.
“Pie will hug you better than a little cupcake,” he said. “We’re open and ready to make you delicious treats.”
To order from Papa C Pies, visit https://www.papacpies.com.
Franklin restaurants create GoFundMe accounts
In Franklin, The Bunganut Pig and Kimbros Pickin’ Parlor have both created Gofundme accounts to give generous donors the opportunity to support restaurant staff and keep the businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Kimbros owner Will Jordan, the decision to temporarily close was not an easy one but necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“The Kimbro's community is more than just a business to us … it's a family, and we feel an overwhelming responsibility to keep our people safe and healthy,” he said. “The money we raise from this GoFundMe campaign will go to keep Kimbros and our staff afloat.This will also help musicians who call this place their artistic home keep their heads above water by rescheduling instead of cancelling their shows, and donating funds where we can.”
The link to the Kimbros GoFundMe is https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-kimbro039s-community-fund?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet.
The Bunganut Pig owner Mark Rindermann said he is grateful to be a part of the Franklin community and its history, however, the decline in business led him to temporarily close.
“It is not like us to go to a social media platform like this and ask for help, but I’m running out of options,” Rindermann said. “I know things are tough for everyone right now. Please, help if you can. This money will not only go to the restaurant and its bills. This is going to be distributed among the employees — the bartenders, servers and cooks.”
The link to The Bunganut Pig GoFundMe is https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-buganut-pig.