Michael Odom, Jackson Sun Published 9:40 a.m. CT April 20, 2020
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With the calm adjustment accustomed by Gov. Bill Lee, which alone the adeptness of assemblage to eat in a restaurant, some West Tennessee businesses accept been affected to abutting temporarily.
But for Main Street Grill buyer Josh Youmans, the about-face to takeout or curbside-only commons has accustomed him to be avant-garde to try and accumulate his business alive.
“I accept no abdicate in me,” Youmans said. “Business is about adapting to what bodies need, and bodies charge bargain aliment appropriate now. And I accept been able to cut my aerial down. My wife was on me for two weeks to put a drive-thru in. Two weeks later, the communicable hit, and it has all collapsed together. The drive-thru is what has adored us.”
Youmans has acclimated assorted avenues for assets like meal kits, cafeteria specials and alike alms a few groceries, so advisers of Main Street Grill still accompany home some money at the Medina location. He did accept to briefly abutting the Bradford location.
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Josh Youmans, buyer of Main Street Grill, is alms takeout aliment account in Medina, Tenn., on Wednesday April 15, 2020. (Photo: Stephanie Amador / The Jackson Sun)
For Youmans, this goes aback to acknowledging the association like he has for the accomplished brace of years, and the association is abiding the favor.
“I accept been in the boondocks with this restaurant now for four years, and we accept sponsored every automatic team, fishing tournament, baseball, football — you name it and we sponsor it,” Youmans said. “So in return, my accustomed barter are in like three to four times per week. I adulation my bodies as I am consistently sitting bottomward with folks, and those that eat actuality are like family.”
Youmans said that business now is according to about 60% of what it was above-mentioned to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some of that has to do with him blurred prices to accumulate barter advancing back.
Kaleigh Hays takes the banknote from the drive-thru window at Main Street Grill, at Medina, Tenn., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (Photo: Stephanie Amador / The Jackson Sun)
One abstraction that Youmans has instituted is ancestors commons like pizzas, tacos and alfredo packs, breadth the meal comes with aggregate a ancestors of four needs to adapt them at home. Or there is the broiled spaghetti with salads and garlic aliment to augment four for $25.
“The kids booty the pizza kits home and the mommas booty pictures of them authoritative the pizzas,” Youmans said.
On Fridays, Youmans is accomplishing a shrimp abscess with shrimp, sausage, blah on the cob and potatoes. On April 10, he awash 120 shrimp boils.
“I did that because I capital to sit on my advanced balustrade and beachcomber at bodies as they drive through because I absence them,” Youmans said. “It angry out to be a hit.”
He additionally puts cafeteria and banquet deals on the restaurant’s Facebook folio to accumulate association of Medina and the surrounding breadth fed with items like pork chop sandwiches, hamburger steaks and rib-eyes.
Youmans has additionally awash advantage like tomatoes, potatoes, milk, eggs, rice, arctic french fries and raw meats, as able-bodied as toilet paper, cardboard towels and gloves.
He said that he has added account in his aback pocket, but he isn’t accessible to absolution those aloof yet.
Jack Maghee grabs a canteen in the kitchen to baker the orders at Main Street Grill in Medina, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (Photo: Stephanie Amador / The Jackson Sun)
Youmans is accomplishing this all while authoritative abiding his advisers are blockage safe in what he says are measures any restaurant should be demography already.
“We accept duke sanitizers breadth you blow pens and money,” Youmans said. “We are activity by all of the guidelines. In restaurants, we clean aggregate bottomward constantly. We try to absolute amid customers. This avalanche appropriate in band with what a accustomed kitchen should be doing.”
But it isn’t all about an income, as Youmans did a anniversary of chargeless burgers and chips to nurses on their way to or from their job. Over 100 commons were accustomed away. The restaurant additionally took 30 craven sandwiches to the Jackson Clinic to augment the nurses for lunch.
“I accept the added that you give, the added you are activity to receive, and that isn’t aloof a cliche on a bonanza sticker,” Youmans said. “I don’t do that to get business, I do that because I appetite to help. In return, they will alarm aback with orders. Helping association will get you far in this world.”
So what admonition would Youmans accord to any baby business that is struggling?
“You accept to get creative, appraise your costs and get your costs bottomward while still authoritative a profit,” Youmans said. “You accept to accomplish it breadth bodies are on the fence of, ‘do I go to the abundance and buy a rib-eye for $10 and baker it myself, or drive by and aces up a ribeye, broiled potato and acknowledgment for $12,’ you appetite to accomplish it easier for bodies to appear to you instead of affable for themselves.”
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