COVID-19 rocked the restaurant industry. While many restaurants were quick to offer pick-up and delivery options, almost every establishment has taken a massive hit to their revenues. For most, the virus impacted their staffing, ability to pay necessary bills, and ultimately their long-term viability as a business.

We recently spoke with Ricardo Picon, owner of The Sandwich Shop on the “Winning on Main Street” podcast. Ricardo shared how The Sandwich Shop put employee safety first and optimized their business to remain productive at the peak of the pandemic. And, they did it in the middle of Brooklyn, New York, an epicenter of the virus.

A Sneak Peek

“A small restaurant is a series of unexpected pitfalls. …when this happened, we’d already had so many unexpected pitfalls. Our first reaction was, of course we’re going to close, and I don’t know for how long. But it impacted us on a human level when one of our cooks got COVID-19.”

More of what you can expect to hear:

  • The real ways small businesses are getting financial help during the pandemic
  • How critical social media is as small businesses pivot post-pandemic
  • How the virtual consumer will impact businesses like restaurants long term

About “Winning on Main Street”

“Winning on Main Street” isn’t your everyday business podcast. We share stories of real small businesses that are winning using today’s modern technology. We talk with relatable, nose-to-the-grindstone entrepreneurs about starting and running their businesses.

“Winning on Main Street” is available wherever you love to listen including Simplecast, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Stitcher. Tune in to hear from business owners like you in roofing, healthcare, transportation and more.

About Gordon Henry

Thryv Chief Strategy Officer Gordon Henry hosts “Winning on Main Street”. An expert in the tools small businesses use to market themselves, Gordon asks podcast guests about the challenges they face and technology they use to get ahead. Learn more about Gordon.