How long will I be shut down? What will happen to my staff? Will my business survive?
These are all questions the owners of Betulla Burning and Nancy O’s restaurants asked themselves early into BC’s COVID-19 outbreak. Co-owner, Eoin Foley made the decision to close the doors with the hopes that they could wait out the storm. “That was one of the toughest business decisions we’ve ever had to make,” says Foley. Both restaurants were closed for more than a month.
Nancy O’s and Betulla Burning have since reopened for take-out and delivery, utilizing their own staff as delivery drivers. It’s been extremely popular. “It was pretty amazing. The first Friday that Nancy O’s was open we literally had to close down orders by 5:45, we had to shut off the ordering system online and stopped taking phone orders,” says Foley, “we just had a mad rush of orders from our online system and we didn’t even know if we had enough food to produce all of it.”
Moving forward, staff are playing it by ear to determine when it’s safe to reopen and what it will look like to keep patrons safe. For now, keep an eye out for special feature items and family meal deals Foley says may be coming soon! For more information, visit their websites at www.nancyos.ca and www.betullaburning.com.
About the author: After completing a Broadcast News diploma at SAIT in Calgary, Kendall worked in a small TV newsroom in Dawson Creek. She was delighted to move home in 2017 to work at the local TV news station, where she reported on a variety of stories that affect northern residents, anchored the evening program, and produced an hour-long documentary about the history and growth of Prince George called “This Place We Call Home.” Kendall is a huge supporter of all things local and is excited to work with entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.