On a normal morning, breakfast diners would fill the 40 tables in the dining rooms of My Sister’s Kitchen in Duryea.
This week, the dining rooms sat dark and empty as the restaurant ceased dine-in service amid the novel coronavirus outbreak that has forced non-essential business to either close or alter their daily business.
With the dining rooms dark, the kitchen lights still burned and owners Janet Russo and her sister, Gina, still cooked takeout and delivery orders to keep their restaurant going.
“It’s really lonely in here,” Russo said. “It’s just myself and my sister working, then our one delivery girl.”
My Sister’s Kitchen has always done pick-up and delivery, but with the closing of their dining rooms, Russo said they have had to focus entirely on driving up that end of the business.
“We’ll be open if we can be, until someone tells us to stop,” she said.
They have ramped up deliveries and begun offering delivery for breakfast in the wake of the outbreak, and other restaurants and bars throughout Greater Pittston are making changes to stay open and serve the community as well.
Pittston City Main Street Manager Mary Kroptavich has taken to keeping an updated list of restaurants offering to go services on the Downtown Pittston Partnership Facebook page.
“Given the circumstances, the businesses have been extremely accommodating while working under the prescribed parameters,” Kroptavich said. “The businesses have reported a decrease … but continue to be optimistic.”
The list continues to update, but most restaurants have already shared their takeout, delivery or curbside offerings.
Susquehanna Brewing Company has closed its tasting room and brewery for on-site consumption, but will still offer takeout sales of six packs, cases, crowlers and new, unused growlers during their normal business hours. They will still have merchandise available in their online store.
The Pittston Diner will offer takeout during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has posted its menu on Facebook.
Callahan’s Cafe and Coffee House on Main Street is offering curbside and pickup during their normal business hours.
For dinner hours, Fuji Pittston has offered both pickup and delivery, with orders being placed by phone at 570-602-3666.
Tomato Bar and Bistro has pickup, curbside service and delivery available and will also offer takeout six packs.
The Red Mill will open Fridays and Saturdays for takeout orders.
Vince’s Pizza Express will be open for pickup and delivery and can take orders at 570-883-1202. Arcaro’s The Next Generation also will offer curbside, pickup and delivery service, and Napoli’s Pizza is offering pickup and delivery.
Russo said she and her sister will take each day as it comes as they work to keep cooking and serving their customers.
“Every day it will change a little bit,” she said. “We just have that ‘do what has to be done’ attitude.”