Harold and Palmira Adams were enjoying success with their new restaurant in Youngtown — and then COVID-19 threw an obstacle in their path.
The couple, who opened their restaurant, Adams Cafe, 11127 W. Arizona Ave., in October, still want to make a go of it and are trying to get their customer base back. Mr. Adams estimated they lost about 75% of their customers and about $15,000 in revenue.
“We had to close in March,” he stated in an email. “We did offer take out and delivery orders.”
The restaurant reopened with full seating May 12. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch menus, and does night-time catering.
Mr. Adams has 40 years experience as a chef and pastry chef. He has a varied cooking repertoire, including cake decorating. Daily there is a selection of fresh-made pastries. Customers can also get ice cream, with Thrifty flavors to choose from.
The Adams are practicing social distancing in the restaurant with about nine tables available. However, outdoor seating is also on site.
Occasionally, customers can enjoy live entertainment, but it is not scheduled regularly. Recently, singer/songwriter Ed Johnson performed at the restaurant. Mr. Adams hopes that in the future, when the weather cools, he can have musical performances on a patio on the rear of the building.
The couple lives in Phoenix.