Terre Haute restaurants ‘rolling with the punches’ as dining rooms remain closed

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The evolving Coronavirus pandemic has businesses like Charlie’s Pub in Terre Haute finding ways to continue business as usual.

“We’re providing carry-out liquor and beer for people who want to come by and get it. When the weather is better than it is today we’re doing a car hop service on our west lots. So if you’re in a car we’ll come out to your car and wait on you like you’re at a table,” said owner, Cheyne O’Laughlin.

Although the closing of dining rooms came suddenly, O’Laughlin said his team was getting prepared.

“We already ahead of the game looking at the writing on the wall. So we had kind of been planning it for a few days and brainstorming with the management team and the employees,” he said.

“For restaurant owners still figuring things out, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center are offering help and connecting business owners with resources.

“They were already making changes within their own industries and then had to process this change, another change really quickly. We just wanted to be here to help respond as best we can,” said chamber president, Kristin Craig.

There’s still some time until dining rooms open again. But until then, the people at Charlie’s are rolling with the punches.

“The amount of orders is amazing. All the employees coming together working the long hours and stuff has been amazing. It’s been kind of a whirlwind couple of days, so we’re still rolling,” O’Laughlin said.

Click here to find resources provided by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce for small businesses.

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