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Local restaurants stay open amid pandemic, hoping customers help them stay afloat

Posted: 8:16 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-23 12:26:14-04

WEST ALLIS — Dining in is not an option during the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurants are limited to carry-out and delivery only, resulting in businesses fighting to stay open.

At Capri di Nuovo in West Allis, workers continue to whip up their signature lasagna for take-out or curbside service.

"We are very grateful to still be open. We're all still working, and we're gonna keep doing the best we can to help the community," said Joseph Papp, a manager at Capri di Nuovo.

Pape is grateful for the customers who continue to show up.

"It means everything to keep all of our the people that are working here, our jobs going, the money still coming in for as long as we can. We don't know what's going to happen," said Pape.

Five minutes up the street, you cannot miss the signs at Johnny V's Classic Cafe.

Kathy Vassallo and the team are offering their full menu for take-out and delivery, including their famous chicken dumpling soup.

"We appreciate everyone's business so much. Being a small business, it's very hard. We're just really honestly trying to stay afloat," said Vassallo.

Despite this strange new normal, Kathy says they will stay open as long as they can.

"It's scary for everyone, and we have to all remain calm and just help each other out. Be kind to each other. Lend a helping hand that's all we can do at this time," said Vassallo.

As these restaurants work to keep stomachs full, workers hope customers will help them do the same.

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