The crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis for all — in the state, the nation and worldwide. As has been mentioned many times by now, COVID-19 does not care about politics or nationalities or belief systems. All humans are united as targets.
Responding to the crisis has brought many challenges, including to businesses of all types. Particularly hit hard is the restaurant industry. When people are told to stay home to stay safe there’s not going to be dining out, obviously.
But many restaurants have soldiered on, offering what is left to them to offer, which is takeout fare. Supporting your local business these days includes placing a take-out order.
One restaurant that found itself challenged is Nina’s Desi Kitchen, which was open in its Southington location for just a week before the pandemic closed all local restaurants to dine-in customers and left takeout the only option.
That could easily have spelled doom, but it didn’t, mainly because the restaurant’s focus was already on takeout.
Owners Atif Anwar and his wife, Nina, are also bolstered by optimism. “We weren’t even sure what coronavirus at the time meant,” said Anwar, of those early days. “I think we’ll come back from this and just like any other restaurant, things will turn back for us eventually.”
Along with optimism, the owners have displayed generosity, another quality that is much needed in tough times. Thousands of dollars worth of foods had been purchased just before the call to close restaurants came, and instead of letting it go to waste the couple began giving free or discounted food to those in need. The food offer was made on a Facebook forum, “Southington Talks,” which led to finding “quite a few people that consistently need support,” said Anwar.
Even as states start to plot ways toward reopening, this kind of need is not likely to go away anytime soon. So, too, will remain the desirability of supporting your local restaurant.