Being small enough to pivot has helped this Kalamazoo bistro survive the COVID-19 slowdown
Article by Al Jones published in Second Wave
“If you made it through this past year, there’s no reason NOT to be optimistic about the future,” Paul Comensoli says with a smile.
Like thousands of small businesses in Michigan and millions across the United States, his family-owned restaurant, Comensoli’s Italian Bistro & Bar, in Kalamazoo’s Stuart Neighborhood, has struggled during the COVID-19-mandated shutdown of large-group gathering places and the slow reopening of sit-down restaurants and entertainment venues that has followed.
Sit-down dining has accounted for nearly all of Comensoli’s business during the past 20 years. That made the temporary shutdown of the eatery in March of 2020 and limits on sit-down service that have followed — in order to stop the spread of the potentially deadly virus — the weirdest situation ever for a small business, Comensoli says.Read more