Business owner fears future as COVID-19 cases rise

Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 8:59 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As Coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide, local businesses worry if they’ll survive another stretch of stricter restrictions.

Brent Lindner, owner of Wave Pizza Co., Sin City Grill, Glass Bar and J Alfred Prufrock’s in Grand Island said while business has picked up a bit, traffic is still slower than usual because people are still afraid to be out in public.

They’ve been able to stay afloat but Lindner is scared. Governor Pete Ricketts threatened earlier this week he might re-impose spring restrictions.

“It looks fairly positive that we might be back to square one, but we’ve been through that so we kind of have an idea of what we need to do, just whether we make it through or not is the end result and that’s what keeps me up at night,” Lindner said.

Back in the spring they lost tons of revenue and had to temporarily close two businesses. They did take out, delivery, curbside pick-up and sold gift cards to survive.

“I think it’s maddening to think too far ahead," Lindner said. “I think that’s for a lot of us trying to grasp well what’s going to happen in two months and stuff, you can spend a lot of time on that and drive yourself nuts which I do a little - as new restrictions come in, you just have to deal with him the best we can and hope we come out on the other side.”

Fortunately Lindner’s businesses have been able to stay afloat so far. He’s trying to remain positive and plans to release more marketing ideas to help keep doors open moving forward.

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