PizzaVino Blog started out to promote the business of PizzaVino thru sharing experiences, business related. With this pandemic it has become much more than just sharing business experiences but sharing my humanity, insights and inspirations with whoever follows my blog.
This has been quite a challenge over the last 4 weeks personally and professionally. I have been challenged on every front asking myself “Whatcha made of girl”. It’s always an interesting answer to how deep one can dig into themselves to accomplish any task at hand. Athletes know this because once you get physically proficient at something then it’s just a mind game. The athlete who has more determination, more drive, more will power can win. It’s the same with anything in life. How strong are you mentally?
Being one who grew up with difficult circumstances I have always seen the benefit in that. How it can make you more resilient and sharper to take on the next obstacle because there was always the unexpected coming. We don’t grow thru our comfort, we get lazy. We don’t get wise when we aren’t challenged.
We as a species are capable of greatness, true greatness. We just need to redirect our energy for the right purpose and maybe this global PAUSE is giving us the opportunity to do just that. One has to admit it is very PEACEFUL out there.
Wishing you all wellness and a happy heart,
It has become increasingly challenging to stay positive and motivated during this shut down. I am blessed to have had many challenges in my life that have given me not only the tools to survive but the mindset to be able to always look for the silver lining in everything and try to flip things into a positive experience.
So here is the positive for PizzaVino in all this mess. We are fortunate to have a product that people want to “Take Out”. The high-end restaurants have a much harder time doing this and it’s not really worth it for them with labor cost, food costs and what they make in sales. It’s a lot easier for them just to shut their doors and hope this all blows over soon. With a solid local following we are doing ok all considered. We are making new friends every night with first timers discovering us. They will tell their friends and when we do open up again we will be busier than ever.
Many businesses will close. This will be a heartache felt by the whole community as many are mom and pop operations that offer a totally different feeling than the big corporate businesses do. I urge all locals to patronize your favorite restaurants if you want to eat there in the future. We are counting on all of you to keep us alive, in turn we will fill you with good food and smiles.
I receive gratitude every day from customers happy that we are open. I will always do my best to stay open even if that means we are not making money. I want to feel the energy from satisfied customers who are happy they can go out and enjoy a good meal with the ambiance of some normality. To see my staff happily working and joking around with each other brings me joy. PizzaVino is a happy place filled with a really good vibe. We will make it thru this and become better having gone thru it.
There have been so many changes in a relatively short period of time from when the Tennis was announced that we had to shut down. We’ve gone from seating Only Ten in any given room to Only To Go orders to open dining to only outdoor dining. I feel like I’m playing hop scotch with my business and wondering when it’s all over where we will land.
Everyone needs to know businesses cannot operate like this, especially in a seasonal place. Those that were lucky enough to get the PPP loan from the government will survive longer than those that could not. Eventually that will run out also, then what.
I am blessed to have an incredible staff that has been flexible thru all these changes. We have loyal patrons who support us, some that come in a few times a week. In all this chaos I never forget to be thankful for all my blessings. Whoever is reading this blog, Thank you. Thank you for caring enough to follow my blog and to support PizzaVino.
May we wake up from this nightmare sooner than later and be the better for having gone thru it.
I am asked all the time when we will bring Happy Hour back. I hope all understand that our business has suffered great loss with the closing of the BNP tennis and the investment we had put into that only to have it shut down. Following that…the pandemic and having to shut the restaurant down only to be open for take out.
All of our loyal patrons helped us by supporting our take out business which in turn allowed us to be the first restaurant to open its doors when we were told we could.
We are deeply grateful for all the support we have gotten. With our seating being limited we cannot afford to offer Happy Hour in our bar area at this time. We are anxious to open up to full capacity as soon as we get the go ahead and will offer our Happy Hour then. Until that time I hope everyone understands and will come enjoy our full menu or our special deals we offer for take out. http://www.PizzaVinoToGo.com
A heartfelt thanks to all,
Every restaurant has an ambiance, a vibe. I call it the spirit of the place.
PizzaVino’s vibe has been created by the help of all those who work there and those that come to enjoy our food, our great service. It’s a vibe that is upbeat and fun, one that has been created by all the love and goodwill that is generated there.
Most of our staff has been a part of our PV team since we opened very few are new hires. We are a working family that loves to have fun at work while serving our guests great food at a reasonable price. My requirement for hiring anyone is they need to have heart. I can teach anyone how to do a job but I cannot teach someone how to care about the job they do or how to love people. My philosophy is: if you love people and care about your job you will make a great employee and your guests will be happy.
I’ve noticed since the quarantine has been lifted there is a concentration of happiness in the air. People have been stifled for so long that to be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of dining out is magnificent. The vibe in PizzaVino has always been good but now it’s palatable.
I am so grateful to all those who support us, all of our employees and guests who contribute to the spirit of PizzaVino.
Thank you all,
We were told at 4:00 on Friday that the governor had lifted his restrictions on restaurants. We had planned on the opening being June 1st not the Friday of Memorial Weekend. We put ourselves into high gear and made it happen as best we could on such short notice.
Thanks to all those who have come to support us. The energy that was created tonight after this long lockdown was amazing. Thank you to the staff who came to work on Memorial Day Weekend and the guests who brought to life our little restaurant. PizzaVino has been fortified by the love of so many people. I heard “Thank you” tonight more than I have ever heard it at any one time,” Thank you for being open”. I said “thank you for coming in”, thank you for supporting us and keeping PizzaVino alive. A sad reality is that because of this crisis so many businesses will not survive.
I have heard throughout my life what a tough business the restaurant business is, and it’s true. I never dreamed of being a restaurateur, I inherited it and with all of its challenges and headaches on a night like tonight it’s pure music.
A heartfelt thank you to all,
As all of you know these are trying times. Our patience is tested, or sense of reason is tested, and our finances are definitely tested. The biggest question we all ask ourselves is where will we be when this quarantine is lifted. What will the world look like, our business look like, our social gatherings. How much will the government play in ruling our everyday lives?
One thing is for sure, nothing will ever quite be the same. I for one will miss greatly the freedom we all took for granted. Being a restaurant owner I wonder what will the future of dining out look like. For some it will never be as casual and relaxed as it was before as being in public to some will always pose a risk factor.
What I have seen from people coming in the restaurant is that there are two different camps, those that are terrified of getting the virus and those that just want to get on with their lives and get back to normal with an awareness of the risk but not confined by it. I live in this camp. I heard a quote from Eckhart Tolle that said “We are all infected by the same virus, it’s called TIME”. We are all going to die eventually, it’s how we live that makes us who we are. Are we going to live our lives in fear of getting sick? That just doesn’t make any sense to me. Mark Twain said,” Fear is a waste of the imagination.” Fear is so restrictive and a waste of valuable energy. A state of awareness is alive and wakens ones senses. Isn’t that a better place to live?
I can only hope that when we do open we will see all the familiar faces that we have missed so much during this quarantine. That some will be ok with hugs because hugs are healing and we all need more of that.
Those of you that are following us on Facebook and or Instagram realize that we are doing all we can to stay afloat during these trying times. PizzaVino is very fortunate to have loyal patrons who are the lifeline to our business. Now more than ever we so appreciate all of you for your support.
With this forced quarantine reducing our lives to only what is necessary most of us find ourselves really appreciating the simple things more. If you’re like me when I find myself in an unpleasant situation I try to look for the silver lining. There are many silver linings in this quarantine not to minimize the hardships as I know many are suffering economic fallouts. However if we focus only on the negatives we will not have the energy to rise up to them and create anew.
PizzaVino has suffered thru the tennis tournament being canceled which was a huge loss financially and now the shutdown thru the busiest months of the season. We have created a new take out business on line which we never had before giving some of our staff jobs and helping us to stay open. Although we are still losing money it gives our patrons some sense of normalcy and us a lifeline to those we feed and care about.
Thanks to all who support us.
May we get thru this trying time stronger and more grateful than before.
Surviving vs Thriving, this question has always caused me to pause and reflect. I have mastered surviving, but thriving is another challenge. Thriving takes a deeper consciousness and reflection. One has to ask oneself what makes me happy, what brings me joy and make those things a part of one’s disciplined life.
In times like these when we are all quarantined it’s more challenging to thrive but we can. What brings you joy? The quiet time is a great time to reflect and ask yourself, “what can I do to enjoy this time?” It’s a historical time in our global society. How are we going to use this time for our benefit and not destruction or despair?
I am so proud of my team at PizzaVino who have rallied to keep the doors open in spite of our depression and exhaustion after the BNP was closed. Our team at PizzaVino are resilient and dedicated, grateful to be working. I am humbled by our customers who support us with orders, kind words, phone calls to make sure we’re all doing ok.
PizzaVino has become more than just a restaurant. It is a gathering place of friends and families to enjoy the good vibes, our great employees and good food. At PizzaVino we are doing our best to Thrive.
Come feel the vibe, get some good food and share your smile.
We will really celebrate the day we can fully open our doors and welcome all of you. In the meantime….find ways to THRIVE, not just survive. Everyday is a blessing, everyday!
I hope everyone reading my blog is doing well, safe and trying their best to utilize their time in productive, healthy ways.
I always try to find the silver lining in challenging times. It keeps me focused on the fact that you can find positivity in any situation regardless of how painful it might be. Below I have made a list of all the things I consider a silver lining in this crisis. I challenge you to look for your own in your personal circumstances. The benefit of looking at the silver lining instead of the problems is that it helps us grow as individuals by expanding our awareness.
*One of the biggest silver lining is quarantining creative minds. Think of all the new innovations that will come out of this period. We have many geniuses among us who’s only outlet is to create. This thought makes me excited as to what will be on the horizon.
*Kids are out of school, parents forced to work from home or suspended from work all together. This forces family bonding time. I see Dads and Moms with their kids roller blading up and down the street, riding bikes, making the best out of a tough situation.
*In tough times good people help each other more. We are spending more time reaching out of our isolation thru phone calls and emails to our loved ones.
*It is a time of reflection, regrouping, cleansing and hopefully coming out stronger than we were before.
We at PizzaVino support health and well being. We are open offering curbside service to give you some normalcy. Come order your favorite pizza it’s always good for the spirit!