Miss Katie’s Diner is a 1950s themed diner located near Marquette University’s campus.
Manager Peter Pitcciurro said this year was shaping up to be one of the best in terms of sales, until St. Patrick’s Day hit.
“St Patrick’s Day, I’m going to say that’s when the world came to an end for the restaurant business around here with a dramatic drop in business,” said Peter.
The restaurant features classic meals along with old fashioned milkshakes made with real ice cream. Now, the restaurant that used to make a couple thousand a day, only makes about $200 in sales.
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“I’m afraid to look at percentages, but it’s been terrible,” said Peter.
They just signed up with Grubhub to offer delivers and are selling to-go Old Fashioned drink kits to help generate business. Peter said the business is hurting but he is trying to stay positive. He is thankful for the loyal customers who continue to support him.
“It’s been a living hell but then you have to look at the positive, the wonderful clients I’ve had for 35 years, this is tough but we will get through it,” said Peter.