GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Marty Boscolo never thought his popular Greencastle eatery would live on takeout.
Six weeks after Boscolo saw business at Mikie’s Ice Cream and Green Cow Gift Shop plummet by 70% with the onslaught of COVID-19 mitigation requirements, it’s now climbed back to half of what the Antrim Way restaurant does normally with counter ordering and indoor and outdoor seating. It’s enough for the 32-year-old business to break even.
“We’re certainly not as bad as the higher end places and diners, but not as good as the pizza shops and fast food,” Boscolo assessed. “But we have learned to tread water on 50% of sales.
“Just in the last week or so we’ve learned to tread water on 50% of our normal sales.”
Boscolo said not having a mortgage plays a big part in being able to keep his head above water. He’s been able to keep most employees. Full-time workers are getting their normal hours and some part-time employees have voluntarily stepped back for the time being.
“There is not a single employee who isn’t eligible to come back,” Boscolo said.
Takeout is usually less than 25% of food sales at Mikie’s, but Boscolo said customers have slowly transitioned.
“Absolutely our customers have been incredible,” Boscolo said. “Actually the average order is larger than it’s ever been.
“Our customer count is certainly way down, but even in our best times the average order is bigger.”
The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association has launched the website CarryoutPA.com to serve as a go-to resource for dine-out options. Pennsylvania restaurants offering takeout, curbside or delivery services during the state’s stay-at-home order can visit the registry to be added.
While Boscolo knows Mikie’s can hold steady through what COVID-19 has brought so far, he’s concerned for the future.
“I do want to grow,” Boscolo said. “If it stays like this I can survive it, but what’s the quality of my life going to be? I’m surviving now by working morning to night.
“I’ve always said during other challenges that we’ll figure out a way to survive it, but is this going to be good and good for everybody. We in my family are truly more worried about the rest of society and the longterm effects of this more than ourselves. I’m trying to listen to both sides, but I’m very concerned that the cure is worse than the disease.”
For now, Boscolo knows one result of the pandemic on his customers.
“They honestly are seeming to splurge a little more,” he said.
“Proportionately we’re selling more banana splits now than we ever have.”
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