Businesses are shutting down across the country, or limiting their services. While less revenue is hard for any business, the small, local businesses are suffering the most. Big companies are likely to survive the pandemic. On the other hand, Mom and Pop shops rely on every penny to keep their business open. Some have to file for bankruptcy while other corporations continue to thrive. Unquestionably, if small local businesses close, it could negatively impact your area’s economy.
That’s where you come in! For instance, smaller, local restaurants are connected to the rest of the community like a food web. They support school programs. By shopping/eating local, you can help keep schools funded and keep the local economy alive. In addition, workers that are the backbone of these small businesses don’t have corporate benefits or paid time off. Small businesses and their personnel rely on the community to stay open.
COVID-19 is a bigger challenge to individual/family owned shops and restaurants. For now, and after the numbers of cases decrease, keep your local community economically stimulated by shopping local. Here are some local breakfast and lunch recommendations from the APPSPIRE.me team.
Peace Bakery, located on Lamar Blvd, is a local restaurant still managed and operated by the original founder since 2014. They serve Mediterranean, with locals raving about their spicy potatoes.
Crepe Crazy, is a local sandwich, crepe, and coffee shop. It’s operated by mostly students from the School for the Deaf. If you don’t know sign language, simply point out your order on the menu. Or, use a delivery app to have a sweet or savory crepe delivered.
Tired of making your own coffee at home? Try Fleet Coffee Co in East Austin. They serve coffee, breakfast tacos, and pastries. A variety of tea is available as well. Fleet may be a small business, but they whip up a variety of coffee brews, using classic methods and their own creative way.
For more pastries and breakfast, Serena’s Breakfast & Donuts have good cinnamon rolls and kolaches. Located in Round Rock, be sure to get there early before they close at 1 PM.
Trippy Taco, located on Menchaca in South Austin, is a small food truck that serves authentic Mexican food including ~oh so good ~ chips and queso. Ordering from taco trucks means you don’t have to go inside, while social distancing.