BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Running a business during a pandemic is unpredictable to say the least. Restaurants in Erie County are shutting their doors and focusing on takeout for the second time this year.
"It's been hard on our employees, their families, every week brings something different, emotional highs, emotional lows. This time we at least know what it looks like," said Patrick Ryan, owner of Fat Bob's Smokehouse on Virginia Place in Buffalo.
Fat Bob's staff has dwindled from more than 50 down to seven. Thanksgiving week is usually packed with people returning home for the season, but instead, Ryan is focusing on takeout orders.
"We're just kinda adjusting to the demand. We're doing that right now. After? I have no idea what we're gonna see," said Ryan.
So he's teaming up with a local partner to stay afloat in the days to come.
We have had great success doing pop-up events at the brewery the past few months. This success provided us the confidence to move forward as full-time partners with the brewery,” said Ryan.
Fat Bob’s will be serving their BBQ favorites at 42 North in East Aurora every Tuesday through Sunday. Pulled Pork, Smoked Beef Brisket and award-winning Mac N’ Cheese will be combined with 42 North’s diverse beer line-up to provide the best of both experiences.
“Fat Bob’s is the ideal partner for the brewery. Not only is their menu the perfect complement to craft beer, but they share our values and culture,” said John Cimperman, 42 North Founder.
The goal is to come together and help each other survive these difficult times. Both owners understand these challenging times and seek to bring a unique opportunity for our WNY community.
To view the menu and order on-line, log on to www.42northbrewing.com. Take-out orders can also be made by calling the brewery at 716-805-7500.