LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — For local restaurant Streets of New York, staying afloat during a pandemic has become a matter of adapting and protecting customers.
Sisters Robin Lamb and Stacy McBride are co-owners of the two pizza joints. They strive to serve top-notch food with a side of family-style fun. Main menu items include pizza, pasta, subs, winds, and their specialty, Broaster chicken.
The Vegas-based family has built their lives around the franchise for more than a decade.
“My mom has worked here, my brother, my sisters, all the kids,” said McBride.
When the pandemic hit, the restaurants struggled. McBride and Lamb had to lay off their entire dining staff.
“The first 60 days, her and I were working open to close washing dishes, doing the phones, doing curbside, just me and her,” McBride added.
Now that dine-in is allowed, some employees are back and trained up on how to keep themselves and their customers safe. Employees are required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked before every shift.
For customers, masks are required, hand sanitizer is recommended, and social distancing enforced. Tables are kept to 6 people or less with disposable menus.
Dining capacity is capped at 50%. Pick-up, delivery, and no contact delivery are all options for customers.
The family is sending out a big "thank you" to the loyal customers who are helping keep them afloat.
“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here. From day one, I’ve even just had people give me a soda and give me a $20 and tell me to put the rest in the register, just little things like that,” said Lamb.
Even with the support, the restaurant off Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache may not survive the change, according to the sisters.
“We've missed out on so much to get it to where it is and then to see it maybe just start to fall apart before your eyes, it’s a pretty scary, eye-opening thing,” Lamb added.
Streets of New York is located on 5135 S. Fort Apache Road and 7570 Norman Rockwell Lane.