PALMER — Overall business at Pizza Athena has slowed down thanks to COVID-19. The Palmer-based pick-up and delivery company may be fairing somewhat better than sit down restaurants, but it’s still a tough time, according to the owner, Melina Yannikos.
“All of us little guys keep in touch with each other. It’s hard,” Yannikos said.
Normally, Pizza Athena would have about 30 orders from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; but they only had three orders within that time frame Monday, May 4, according to Yannikos, She said that it picks up at night and they still get a daily dinner rush, but it’s definitely not the same as before the crisis
“Daytime has completely dropped,” Yannikos said.
Pizza Athena is normally open until from 10:30 in the morning to 10:30 at night, but they pulled it back to 9 because it’s been so slow.
Yannikos said they cut all the staff’s hours so they wouldn’t have to lay anyone off.
“Everyone’s still here,” Yannikos said.
The lobby doors are closed and the staff are running all their orders through the drive thru window. Yannikos said they’re all following the state health department’s recommendations and sanitizing their work stations constantly.
“Every time money comes through… they spray everything down,” Yannikos said.
Yannikos said that she’s worried about other businesses who’ve had to make deeper cuts or haven’t had their doors open this whole time. She fears some may have to close for good.
“It’s dropped for us, but I worry about all these places that are still closed,” Yannikos said. “I’m still open but what about my friends who still a aren’t,”
Yannikos has been running Pizza Athena since 2007. She said that she’s lived in Palmer since 1972 and she really appreciates the tight knit community. She said the local business owners really look out for one another.
“We’ve got a great community. We really do. I’m proud of our community,” Yannikos said.
Pizza Athena is currently open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
They’re located at 3539 North Glenn Highway, just outside downtown Palmer. To place an order, call 907-745-6646 or visit pizzaathena.com.
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