GREENFIELD — For around 40 years, Meyer's has been best known for a Wisconsin culinary invention - and then some.
"Milwaukee's best broasted chicken. Our cheeseburgers, the whole American food style concept, but there is a strong German influence. Then our background with Papa Luigi's, we brought over all of our most popular dishes, including pizza," said Frank Purpura, general manager at Meyer's.
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More than a restaurant with banquet halls and catering, the effects of COVID-19 hit this branch of Frank's family business harder than others.
"It was extremely tough being a dine-in restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And not having the bar and not having the banquet hall. Friday nights were great with fish fries, but we are just happy to be open again," Purpura said.
Back to regular hours and a full staff, Meyer's is slowly getting back to normal.
"We are so excited number one to see our customers. I mean we are so excited customers again. Our servers are so excited to see their customers," Purpura said.
Which is why Meyer's is putting safety ahead of appearance.
"If you look around the dining room, we have booths taped off. It looks a little tacky but it just shows you that we are not going to seat them. We are seating 50 percent of the dining room," Purpura said.
But for now, that's enough to start reconnecting with the community.
"People that are here they're so happy that we are open, that their favorite servers are back, that they can eat their favorite meal again, and the steps that we took," Purpura said.
Steps to keep Meyer's around for another 40 years.