Mazos Hamburgers has been around since 1934. But when COVID-19 hit Wisconsin, Jackie Mazos put family before business.
"I didn't want to risk the health of my staff or their families or the customer's health. That was our number one priority," says Jackie.
Jackie has been working at the restaurant her grandfather established for almost 50 years. To say 2020 has been challenging is an understatement.
"This has probably been the biggest experience of my life. First of all, I've worked for that many years and never had three months off like I was. That in itself was an experience and I know a lot of people went through that and suffered through that," says Jackie.
Choosing to not reopen until June 1, Jackie knows she did the right thing.
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"We quarantined ourselves, we quarantined our building and now, we have a fresh start," says Jackie.
As for customers, they aren't wasting any time returning to Mazos.
"Oh it's been wonderful, people have been so generous with their comments and on our Facebook page, we try to be as transparent with our customers as possible. Letting them know that this wasn't just about the business, this was about their health as well as our own," says Jackie.
Looking toward the future, Mazos plans on being around for a while.
"The 100-year mark is a goal, but that falls on me," says Jackie.
With Jackie at the grill, 2034 doesn't seem so far away.