Restaurants must work to survive pandemic


March 13, 2021

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Billie Newberry, the dining room manager at Mike's Restaurant, carries a salad out of the kitchen on Friday morning. The restaurant returned to indoor dining in February after being takeout only since March 2020.


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IRONWOOD - Whether on the highway or downtown, restaurant owners say the pandemic continues to challenge them.

Debra Federico, owner of Mike's Restaurant on U.S. 2, said she decided back in May 2020 to stay closed for indoor dining until a vaccine was developed and it would be safe and feasible for the small dining room to open. They constructed a takeout window in the interim and reopened in February with the vaccine rollout moving forward.

"It's been a year and for a lot of us it was either now or never," Federico said.

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