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Local restaurant gets creative to survive, encourages others to do the same

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 18:51:54-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — We're all waiting for WNY to get the green light to re-open. In the meantime, one local restaurant is getting creative to keep customers coming.

"Be creative, think outside the box. We're trying to go right along with this with everyone else out there," said Vince Karam, owner in Greek to Me in the Town of Tonawanda.

7 Eyewitness News brought you the story of the restaurant's new sidewalk market earlier this month, since then it's expanded and moved inside.

"We took our booths off of this wall and put the market here so we can still do business," said Karam.

Karam also added a no-touch door and extra hand sanitizer stations to keep customers safe when they shop. He's encouraging other local restaurants to think out of the box as well.

"Think differently. Start delivery. Understand that this is going to change people's minds permanently, not just temporarily," said Karam.

The indoor market also supports other local businesses.

"Everything is from local purveyors. There's McCullaugh coffee, we're selling their coffee products, Constanzo bakery is coming in, Al Cohen's bakery coming in, Schwebels," said Karam.

This way, customers are happy and local businesses can survive while they wait to re-open.