Prying open community support with the Crowbar & Grill
Edit: As of today, May 19, 2020, dine-in is now available with restrictions. Please see the Crowbar’s Facebook for the most up-to-date details.
LARAMIE – Amongst the hardest hit businesses during the current health situation are local dining establishments. Here in Laramie, the Crowbar is no exception. Despite the odds, however, they’ve adapted to keep employees employed and feed the community.
The transition from a primarily dine-in establishment to a takeout and delivery model has been key to maintaining business. “How we’re doing our work is a little different,” said Emily Madden, manager. “We’re still making pizzas, still making cocktails (to go), still working together as a team.”
“We wouldn’t exist without community support,” said Madden. “We thankfully have a very good regular client base. But we’re also seeing a lot of people who have never ordered from us before, which is really nice, too. Change is hard, and this was all really abrupt for everyone. We’re thankful that our customers and the community have been willing to adapt with us.”
Madden anticipates that the changes to business flow will be temporary, and Crowbar hopes to get back to business as usual as soon as it’s safe to do so. “We know that when it does come time to open it will still look different, it’ll be in a limited capacity. We will continue doing curbside and delivery for a while in addition to what the in-house situation looks like.”
In addition to restaurant operations, Crowbar is also proactively gathering donations to help Laramie Foster Closet. “We’ve been helping Laramie Foster Closet get pizza gift card donations,” said Madden. It’s a hard time for everyone right now, but we like to engage with the community, too.
Laramie Foster Closet is a nonprofit that provides supplies and support to foster families in Laramie. “What we’re doing is promoting to the community that they can call and donate $25, $50 or whatever they’d like, and we give those (donations) in gift cards to Laramie Foster Closet,” said Madden. Families can then use those gift cards for a pizza when welcoming in new family members. “We realize that even though our world in the restaurant is shaken up, everyone is adjusting to a new life, having a bunch of kids at home, and finding out how to have happiness in the midst of a really heavy time.”
“We can’t thank people in Laramie enough for supporting us,” said Madden. “We’re so appreciative of community support. We love being part of the Laramie community and we wouldn’t exist without it. We’re just really grateful.”
The Crowbar & Grill is currently open for dine-in, takeout, and curbside delivery 11 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.