TULSA, Okla. — Local restaurants are doing what they can to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic. We're highlighting them in our "We're Open Green Country" series.
Pizzas are still going in the oven at Bohemian Wood Fire Pizza in downtown Tulsa. But, business is down, leaving stress on the employees. For single mom Amber Paddock, not getting regular tips is causing her to worry about paying the bills.
“I mean, every day I wake up, I’m not sure if I’ll have a job to go to," Paddock said. “It’s stressful you know, especially like with my son at home, and you know, he’s out of school. We have no information on if he’s going to continue school, no homework for him. Like, it’s just hard.”
Sadly, the restaurant had to lay off many of its employees with hopes of being able to hire them back soon.
“It’s devastating," said Amy Johnson McMillin, co-owner of Bohemian Wood Fire Pizza. "We’ve lost. We’ve had to let our employees go. I mean, we’re a family here. And these are people that are depending on this on a daily basis.”
The restaurant said it’s normally packed for dinner. Even though they have limited options now, they’re seeing a lot of support from the community.
“I have a lot of regulars I haven’t seen in, like, weeks," Paddock said. "And luckily, a lot of them have come up to see me and say hi and it’s stressful.”
The restaurant is taking to go and curbside delivery orders. It also plans to be on delivery apps like DoorDash soon. Until then, they have a message for the community.
“We’re still here. We’re still here for you. Be here for us. We miss you," Paddock said.
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