LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- COVID-19 has undoubtedly taken a toll on small businesses across our community. WLFI recognizes that which is why we will be featuring small businesses in our community in a series we are calling "Always Together, Always Local". Today we are featuring Arni's.. a business that has been part of the Greater Lafayette community since 1965.
"Our regular customers are still coming in even our dine-in customers have come through and ordered carry out so they do keep us going," said the co-owner of Arni’s Brad Cohen.
When the stay at home order started, Arni's had to furlough a lot of their workers, but now many on the job.
"Pretty much over the last month or so we've really ramped everything back up with the curbside pickups,” added Cohen. “We have brought some of our servers and the front of the house staff back to run that with our Door Dash now we are doing that as well with some of our servers and front of the house staff."
While support from customers has helped them stay in business. Cohen says the Greater Lafayette Business Community has been supporting each other through the pandemic as well.
"A lot of us are all on the same page we've all communicated with each other to make sure what we are doing is right,” said Cohen. “Asking each other are we misinterpreting a rule or a law or guidance. So we are all in this together."
Together is something Cohen says, the community has always been.
"We've always had a philosophy to take care of our community and the community in return takes care of us that has worked for all of us in the restaurant industry,” added Cohen.
Unlike other dining establishments Arni's decided not to open in-person dining until June. They want to make sure it is 100 percent safe for both their employees and their staff. For information on Arni's hours of operation and the services, they are currently offering click here.