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The first Great American Takeout Day was Tuesday. But for many Sacramento restaurants, it was just another day fighting for survival as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to threaten jobs and debilitate business.

The first Great American Takeout Day was Tuesday. But for many Sacramento restaurants, it was just another day fighting for survival as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to threaten jobs and debilitate business.
“Weve had to layoff 90% of our staff,” said Chris Jarosz, owner of Broderick Midtown. “To see our sales decrease in 80% over the last two weeks, it’s been difficult.”
After switching over to a full take-out operation, Broderick Midtown also opened up a mini-mart within its facilities. Customers can pick up frozen chicken, eggs, butter, and other basic items to make an easy meal. Water is also being sold for $1 a bottle.
“Its scary, I guess, to have to do business this way, but we have no choice but to really keep plugging and see what happens,” Jarosz said.
Broderick Midtown is also cooking for seniors struggling to afford food. Jarosz said it is taking food donations to prepare meals.
“It is more of a do-or-die situation,” Kupros Craft House GM Keegan Currey said about the business climate. His bar-restaurant just reopened this week to sell food and cocktails to go.
“Try to support those same establishments and participate in the takeout program, because thats what going to help us be here after all this passes,” Currey said.
All tips from takeout and delivery orders will be shared with out-of-work staff.
Other food businesses are finding new revenue streams through delivery.
“Business is good for takeout, really good for delivery as well,” said Ginger Elizabeth Hanh, owner of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, her company introduced delivery as an option for customers.
“Thats definitely boosted us up and kept us going. We have almost 60% or 70% of our staff working because of it,” explained Hanh. “The things going crazy right now for local delivery — ice cream, cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.”
Sacramento businesses are continuing the fight, as health officials work to get a fast-moving disease under control.

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