In a time when we can't all gather around a table, we can still come together as a community. We're Open Indy is a partnership between WRTV and our local restaurants and businesses with one goal: getting them through this tough time. Every day, we will help shine a light on the businesses that make up our community by telling their stories and rallying around those who are keeping the grills going, the hospitals running, and the businesses operating.
INDIANAPOLIS — At Rooster's Kitchen along Mass Ave., they have had to transform their business model during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On top of the to-go orders and family style prepared meals, they are also offering grocery pickup. From milk to produce and even toilet paper, Rooster's Kitchen is now filling online grocery orders.
"With the groceries we are still trying to wrap our head around what is the need out in the community," Ross Katz, owner of Rooster's Kitchen, said. "Are people still looking for staples like toilet paper and milk or are they switching to the prepared meals?"
With social distancing guidelines in place, customers can pick up groceries or carryout orders at a window on Mass Ave. Select the time you want it, come pick it up. It's paid for online.
Caleb White is working on a construction project nearby. The Columbus native said it's important to continue supporting local businesses.
"Crucial. A lot of businesses are closed down especially inside," White said. "I think it's good to go out and support them as much as we can."
Katz said while his business is impacted right now by the pandemic, it's still important to give back.
"I wouldn't have my businesse and my employees wouldn't have a job here it if wasn't for the community," Katz said.
Rooster's Kitchen is providing groceries and meals to front line workers and first responders and are partnering with non-profits by donating food.
"With Wheeler Mission, we actively sought out a donation project and cash so we can produce meals," Katz said.
There's no way to know how business will bounce back in the future, Katz said. Supporting the community is important during these tough times.
"We still need to come together," Katz said. "We are all in this together and that it's going to be important for us to make it through this and make it through successfully."
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