At the Oak and Shield Gaming Pub, food and game night is always a good time.
On an average day, patrons would be playing community board games while waiting on their meal.
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But in the new normal, it's impossible.
"We used to have three stores and a warehouse and a restaurant that was buzzing. We had 40-plus employees. Now all the stores are closed, and the restaurant is delivery only," said Gordon Lugauer, President and CEO of Board Game Barrister. "We did three-thousand dollars in delivery business last week. That's great, that's thousands of dollars that we were able to bring to people to make their lives better. But in terms of business that's not sustainable, that's not where it's at, and I don't want to sugar coat that."
It's a hard truth, brought on by COVID-19, that has Gordon trying to stay realistic while looking toward a positive future.
"It's about how can we work together to get to the other side of this," said Gordon.
Anyone can still walk into the pub and order takeout while checking out some game night options. If you prefer delivery, you can visit oakandshieldpub.com and order through EatStreet.