Pandemic Success - local restaurant explains how it keeps customers happy and safe

J & L Soul Food owner Lucinda Everett shared with WTVA how her restaurant operates during this pandemic.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 7:53 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 8:04 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Operating a business during this pandemic has proven to be a formidable challenge for businesses around the world.

Here in Mississippi, one local business shared with WTVA that it has been operating through the pandemic, and its owner described some of the changes that customers can expect when paying a visit.

Owner Lucinda Everett said J & L Soul Kitchen Café said keeping customers both safe and happy are high priorities for her restaurant.

She said the restaurant has incorporated safety changes smoothly. She explained the building closes down between 2:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. every day.

“I close down for like probably an hour each day, and we do sanitizer, everything, we wipe everything down,” Everett said.

In addition, employees have to do their part to keep customers and others safe.

“Make sure employees wear their masks, you know, they have to wear masks and gloves,” Everett said.

Everett said the restaurant offers a buffet on Fridays and Sundays. She explained that employees fill the plates and hand them to customers for safety reasons during this pandemic. Some customers may not feel safe being inside at this time. the restaurant has some outdoor seating.

Customer Perry McAllister said he feels safe coming inside during the pandemic.

“I come here almost every other day,” customer Perry McAllister said.

When asked if he felt safe coming inside the building to get his food, he said:

“Yes. Yes I do.”

The restaurant has a drive-through window, and it offers delivery services.

Everett said customer service is important to her, whether providing customers with masks, or providing them with good soul food.

“If they find a problem, they can always let me know, and I’ll fix it,” Everett said.

Under the state’s current coronavirus protection plan, all restaurant workers must wear a face covering when serving the public.

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Cases: 479326

Reported Deaths: 9353
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