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Family-owned restaurant cooks fresh food made from the heart during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 7:00 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 08:00:02-04

MILWAUKEE — Fastbreak Cafe opened on Becher Street two years ago by head cook Crystal Hudson's two sons. The restaurant is known for its shrimp and grits, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of other food items.

Hudson said cooking is her passion. Whether she is making eggs, turkey bacon or serving up fresh fruit, everything that comes out of her kitchen, is made with love.

"Very rarely you find a job that you do that you like," said Hudson. "I love what I do and I cook with love so that makes all the difference in the world."

That's why, to Hudson, it's heartbreaking to see the business in the state it is now. Due to COVID-19, business is slow. They recently downsized from ten employees to just three.

Breakfast is typically a popular time for them, but recently, on any given morning, the orders are slow to come in.

"I just want to make sure we are still able to be open and still be in business so after this happened we can build back up our clientele," said store manager Tamika.

Hudson hopes the community continues to support their locally-owned businesses.

"Everything I do in this kitchen comes from my heart, so, I just want to keep feeding people...I want people to know we are still here for them. Still come see us at Fastbreak," said Hudson.

Fastbreak Cafe offers carry-out. They are open from 8 a.m until 6 p.m.

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