His buffet restaurant, OMG! Mongolian Grill at 17 N. Essential St., has been closed since March 16.
To remain open, Cronnelly would have needed to change the entire format of his restaurant, which might have been expensive.
“We’re not a takeout or supply restaurant so the restrictions impacted our buffet restaurant dramatically,” mentioned Cronnelly.
To chop bills, he and his spouse Kristi determined to shut the restaurant’s doorways, only for the foreseeable future, and focus on their meals truck, Mango’s.
The stabilization grants helped preserve the meals truck going and the enterprise has generated sufficient cash to pay some payments. Mango’s has a a lot smaller menu than what his restaurant provided.
“The purpose is although,” mentioned Cronnelly, “we have now a menu which permits us to do takeout.”
For now, Cronnelly calls it his long-term method to the pandemic.
“It’s a marathon,” he mentioned, “not a dash.”
He famous that many individuals, together with these at NorthWestern, have been working from house since final March.
“There’s not an entire lot of individuals in Uptown Butte,” he mentioned.
However Cronnelly thinks Butte will flip a nook as soon as COVID’s mortality fee dramatically lessens.