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Local pizza shop owner talks impact of pandemic

The business now offers curbside delivery, so a customer does not have to come inside to pick up their order.

Posted: Apr 5, 2020 6:45 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2020 10:41 AM

VENETA, Ore. -- For nearly 24 years, Larry Irwin’s pizza shop, Figaro’s Pizza, has served the community and partnered with schools to provide fresh and natural meals to its customers.

Amid the pandemic, Irwin said that there is a continued commitment to keeping both staff and everyone they encounter safe.

“With the community, we’re really trying to get a sense of normalcy,” Irwin said. “Right now, people are going stir crazy.”

The business now offers curbside delivery, so a customer does not have to come inside to pick up their order. Staff are prepped with disposable gloves, as well as many other precautions to ensure the health and wellbeing while preparing the food.

“We are very careful,” Irwin said. “When we have a baked pizza, it’s not touched by hands or by us. After the fact, we slide it into the box.”

Irwin said that he wanted to try something new, as a way to provide something engaging for the entire family. Now on the menu is the option to order a pizza kit, which includes simple instructions and prepared ingredients to take home.

“You could build it at home, for the kids,” Irwin said. “You can teach them in the kitchen how to cook. The instructions are really simple.”

While Irwin has noticed effects on his business, he is continuing to look for ways to draw in more people and to keep his sales up.

“Sometimes we don't have enough employees working when we have an unexpected rush and it’s because we have been slower than normal, we’ve been down a lot,” Irwin said.

Through it all, he said that it is his family who help him and his business remain strong.

“They just help lift me up, and that’s the important thing,” Irwin said.

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