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We're Open Green Country: Cafe Olé Staying Positive During Pandemic

Posted at 9:39 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 23:54:10-04

TULSA, Okla.  — Local restaurants are trying to keep their spirits up as business is down.

“It’s still stressful to know that you have imminent doom over your head," said Jadea Teehee, a server at Cafe Olé in Tulsa. "But I’m a millennial, so we’re used to that.”

Teehee has worked at Cafe Olé for nearly nine months.

“This is probably like the first serving job that I’ve had where I actually have enjoyed being a server," she said. "And I enjoy the people that I work with, too.”

She never expected something like this to happen. She said she usually makes really good money, but now is having to be tight with her budget. Especially as end of the month bills draw near.

"Is Cox going to cut my internet off?" she said. "ONG? PSO? Gas. Insurance. Car. Tags. All of the bills.”

The popular Mexican restaurant has been open since 1987. While business has been down, co-owner Luke Bryant said they’re trying their best to keep staff employed. Their number one goal right now is the well-being and safety of their employees and customers.

“It’s tough to find the silver lining, but we’re trying to do it," Bryant said. "Trying to stay positive and keep great employees. Keep trying to do our part for Tulsa.”

Both said they’ve seen strong support from the community and their regulars. They’re going to continue supporting each other through this pandemic.

“If you can’t control it, then leave it be," Teehee said. "So, that’s kind of where I’m at with this situation now.”

Cafe Olé is doing take-out and delivery. It's also offering gift cards with a 20 percent discount. They said it’s a great way to help them.

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