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We're Open: Olde Madrid makes successful transition

Takeout business goes from a concern to a big hit
Posted at 10:31 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 23:31:12-04

RACINE — When the COID-19 pandemic hit, it weighed on Manny Salinas. The owner of Olde Madrid restaurant in Racine immediately thought about his family.

"It was the most heartbreaking feeling in my heart," he recalls. "This is my bread butter. I have four kids and, to be honest, I didn't sleep for like a week. I was so worried I just didn't know what to do."

What Manny did was pick himself up and keep the restaurant that he's owned with his wife for thirteen years thriving. He usually has a line out the door for his variety of Spanish tapas.

"We had to re-arrange everything," Salinas says. "We're not a to-go place, we are an elegant sit-down dinner restaurant. You sit down and order your bottle of wine, you got scallops on the menu, you have stuff that is really delicate to send out for to-go orders."

His to-go business turned to be huge. Some customers had to wait an hour and a half for their order because the demand was so high.

The seafood gumbo and beef stew are the biggest hits on the menu.

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