"It's just like family here,” said Hayley Lindsey, manager at Eastgate Family Restaurant.
She began waiting tables there when she was only 14. Now, 14 years later, she is stepping into the role of manager, just as the pandemic stretches into its first anniversary.
"Sometimes you have to take things minute by minute and hour by hour and day by day,” she said. “But we seemed to transition into it as well as we could."
And it’s been rough financially -- having to shut down for weeks at a time, with capacity limitations changing constantly. One thing that’s stayed the same -- customer support.
"It was just the three of us out front and two cooks in the back,” Lindsey said. “And I'll never forget it because we just had to-go orders everywhere just covering the counters and tables."
At their lowest point, wait staff had to be furloughed.
"It was very hard on our employees,” Lindsey said.
But with capacity up to 60 percent -- things are looking up.
"Things are getting back to semi normal and it's been a lot easier," she said. "And all of our employees are back and ready to work."