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Buffalo Strong: Redlinski Meats providing safe and convenient service for customers

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 14:13:02-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Redlinski Meats in Cheektowaga is a staple in Western New York. It's a fourth generation business and meat is what they know.

But the COVID-19 outbreak has changed things. They're still serving customers, but they're doing it a different way.

"We're not touching each other and everyone's still getting their Easter treats," owner Joe Redlinski said.

How does it work? The inside of the store is closed to customers but all they have to do is either phone in an order or show up in their car for a "drive-thru" kind of service. Redlinski Meats employees will come out to the car, take your order, go inside and pack it up, and then put it in your trunk.

"If we're trying to limit contact with each other, what better way?," Joe said.

It's a way of keeping people safe while also providing the same service they have since 1947.

"People are used to having polish sausage and ham at Easter and butter lambs," Joe said. "If there's a way to do that safely, we need to do that for our own sanity."

Because while Redlinski Meats adjusts to a new normal, they know things will get better. They're "Buffalo Strong" and Joe has no doubt the City of Good Neighbors will get through this.

"If anyone can, Buffalo can, right?"

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