Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Created: June 17, 2020 05:23 PM
BALLSTON SPA - One of the positive things that have come out of the coronavirus shutdowns is how communities rallied around small businesses and restaurants, or the mom and pop shops.
That includes a spot called Mom & Pop's Cafe in Ballston Spa. Even when they had to lay everyone else off, mom and pop were still there making their fresh frittatas and daily desserts as they committed to staying open for business.
When the restaurant had to shut down indoor dining, they had just made 150 pounds of corned beef for the dozens of reservations they had gotten for St. Patrick's Day.
Owners Michael and Donna Venturiello got creative and quickly turned it into their first pick-up and delivery special. Now they offer at least five different dinner specials every week.
It's been tough on mom and pop. They initially had to let their entire staff go. For a while, they did everything.
They also used the time to make some changes and a few important upgrades, including outside tables and a new deli case.
They're now back to being fully staffed.
Some supplies are still hard to get, including things like potatoes. However, all of their popular items like Italian frittatas, egg sandwiches, and Reuben sandwiches are ready to go. Even if you want something that's not on the menu, they'll make it happen for you.
Hear about another favorite they're offering by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.
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