LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The kitchen at La Scala Italian Restaurant is bustling. But the dining area is full of stacked chairs and glassware.
"We closed the restaurant, I think March 20 was our last day open, and during that time we kept asking ourselves, 'How do you run a restaurant during a pandemic?'" says co-owner Kirsten Serrano.
Serrano's solution is a unique subscription model delivering meals to customers' doors. She says the service, called Good to Go, is contactless and pandemic-safe.
"We take subscribers online, people can get either weekly or biweekly subscriptions. They sign up for the amount of food they want and then we deliver that on Thursdays."
The menu changes every two weeks and consists of La Scala favorites, as well as new options. The food is sourced from the Serrano's farm in West Point and other local producers.
Co-owner Francisco Serrano says he misses the busy dining area.
"Well, it's a big change. We've been working for 20 years serving the community. The people come and go, the noise. It's a big change. It's a little bit sad, I think, for everybody."
Many downtown restaurants are reopening. But he says La Scala is playing it safe.
"What we try is, try to open when pretty much everything has come down and everybody feels really, really safe, you know, because this pandemic is really, really bad."
The downtown restaurant has been serving Italian food for two decades. Kirsten Serrano says the new model is helping them stay afloat.
"We feel strongly that La Scala could not undergo another close and I think that's quite likely to happen, and so we wanted to create model where we could go the distance."
To subscribe, visit www.goodtogolafayette.com.