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Chico restaurants receive community support

Many local restaurants in Chico are working to stay afloat amid the coronavirus outbreak, many owners say they are thankful for the community support.

Posted: Mar 29, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2020 5:42 PM

CHICO, Calif.- Local restaurants are working to stay in business amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with a four different restuarant owners in Chico on Sunday, about how they are handling the situation.

Shelly Blanshei, owner of Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe, says she hasn't had to lay off any employees, but is still adjusting to many changes. 

"There isn't activity of people and the buzz we are used to in the restaurant but that's fine we are making it work. It's been encouraging to see the community support and that people appreciate that we are still open," Blanshei said. 

Like other restaurants, they are only offering take-out and delivery.  She adds, "The community has really been very supportive, it's very enjoyable working, there's a connection with people in a different way." 

Blanshei currently has three Tea Bar locations, two in Chico and one in Sacramento. 

Right next door, a popular breakfast spot, also continues to serve the community.

Dee Luna, owner of Morning Thunder Cafe, says they are also facing challenges but staying positive.

"We are part of a tight knit community and I love that," Luna said. 

She says they have had to lay off many employees but are still open for business. 

Morning Thunder Cafe is currently open for take-out and delivery. 

Not too far away, Bidwell Perk, continues serving fresh coffee daily.

Owner, Michelle Power says, "It's been emotional at times honestly, people are very thankful that we are still open."

The lobby is closed but the patio is open with extra space between tables. They have curbside delivery or you can use their walk-up window. They offer a variety of drinks, breakfast and lunch options, and are now offering beer and wine to-go.

In downtown Chico, Broadway Heights is serving up take-out and delivery.

Owner, Scott Schulman says they have managed to stay steady. 

Schulman says, "The biggest challenge is getting the word out, that we are producing food and making stuff we have made for 28 years, people are just really happy that we are doing it and showing their gratitude by ordering a lot and leaving some tips which is really cool. Support us and everyone who is open, we are doing the best we can to keep people busy and getting a little normal."

For a list of restaurants that are currently open CLICK HERE. 

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