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Some Cove Restaurants Staying Open to Stay Alive

'We need to have income ... We depend on it and our employees depend on it'


December 17, 2020

Gary M. Baranec

Mike Kopek, owner of Fox's Pizza on Allegheny Street, Martinsburg, makes another pie for a customer early Monday afternoon. Changing to no indoor dining has not been a major transition for his business since most of his business was takeout even before the pandemic. As with other restaurants, Fox's Pizza is offering no-contact deliveries now, he said.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's recent mandate directing restaurants and bars to close for in-person dining is being met with resistance from some area eateries.

Already running at half-capacity to comply with social distancing standards, area restaurants are struggling to earn much-needed dollars to stay in business and closing their dining rooms would mean lost revenue that they say cannot be made up.

Valerie Wyland-Prough, co-owner of Mamies Restaurant in Martinsburg said closing their already limited-seating dining room would mean lost business, lost wages, and ultimately lost income for h...

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