In Connecticut, in response to COVID-19, Governor Ned Lamont recently issued an executive order closing bars and restaurants, with the exception of takeout food.
At Joey B’s in Cos Cob this week, regular customers continued to order their favorite melts, salads, burgers, shakes and even breakfast for dinner.
Owner Dom Delfino said regulars have been faithful, but the restaurant has taken a hit.
In fact he said business is down 60%. And, adding insult to injury, he had just completed a renovation that included new stools along the counter he can’t use.
And though regulars miss socializing, a bright spot has emerged during the shift to a take-out only menu.
Longtime employee Justin Currytto, who many know from Greenwich High School, or his notoriety as one of the original wiffleball sand lot kids, has lightened the mood of late.
Turns out Currytto, for whom the Joey B’s “Justin’s Salad” (avocado, bacon, mixed greens, grilled chicken a crumbled gorgonzola) is named, is also a talented singer.
Inspired during a recent slow shift, Currytto belted out one Italian tune after the other. His rendition of Ben E King’s 1961 hit, Stand by Me, was apt for the times.
“It’s brightened the mood for everyone,” Delfino said of Currytto’s singing. “And we need our community more than ever. All of us mom and pop stores need you more than ever.”
Delfino said customers have remained loyal.
Recently a longtime customer, a snowbird, called and said to charge her credit card $100. “The community has been really generous,” he said.
In fact, Delfino, a Greenwich native, is known for his generosity to the community, having organized Thank a Cop Day and offering his restaurant for multiple GHS fundraisers including sports teams and the YNET Club.
Delfino assured customers that Joey B’s is thoroughly sanitizes the restaurant to ensure a safe take out experience.
Staff wear gloves and are constantly wiping down surfaces. And, for everyone’s health and safety, the restaurant is using all paper goods rather than reusable wares.
“When you call in your order, just tell us if you want us to bring it to your car,” Delfino said. “We’re taking all precautions to keep customers safe. We are constantly washing our hands. Whenever I take money I use Purell right away and then go wash my hands.”
Call Joey B’s for take out or curbside pickup and support a local mom and pop restaurant. Gift cards are available. 118 River Rd Ext in Cos Cob. Call (203) 661-0573.