BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Vivian Robinson serves everything La Verdad Cafe with a side of love and joy. Sandi Robinson gives a warm open welcome to all her guests at The Speak Easy nearby. It hasn't even been open a year. Their business, like so many others, are feeling the economic effects of the coronavirus.
“We have to keep these small businesses together, because we're going to be affected the most,” Vivian said.
The Speak Easy is just down the street from La Verdad, but the two owners are much closer than that.
“Speak Easy? Now that's my best friend,” Vivian said.
“Everyone calls us twins,” Sandi said.
That's why, in a time of crisis, there are no questions asked when it comes to helping each other.
“If she needs me, I'll be down there helping her. We're promoting her food. She's promoting mine,” Vivian said.
“Actually, our chef is down there helping out today… Then he'll come back here and work tonight.,” Sandi said.
That sense community extends to all businesses in buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood.
“We are family. A community. We want everyone to strive together. We want us all to make it in this area,” said Vivian.
Vivian and Sandi are also giving back. They've sent meals to the Buffalo Fire Department, Millard Fillmore suburban hospital, Jericho Road Community Health Center, and many more.
“I'm a small cafe, but I have a big heart,” Vivian said, “We’re just trying to bless everyone and keep them fed.”
“Because they're always giving to the community,” Sandi said.