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We're Open Detroit: Buddy's Pizza is offering a little comfort in crisis

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Posted at 6:19 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 14:43:36-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Buddy’s Pizza is a Detroit staple that is now working to help pay their nearly 1,500 employees during this coronavirus pandemic.

“We are trying our best to give everybody who wants to continue working the opportunity to earn money,” said Daniel Schuyler, Detroit-area Director of Buddy’s.

Schuyler says one option that has been popular right now is their half-baked pizza. They allow you to bake the pizza the rest of the way through when you are ready.

“They can get the pizza now, take it home either freeze it for later or cook it later that day and have a fresh hot traditional Buddy’s pizza,” said Schuyler.

Costumers now have the option to also use DoorDash and get their orders delivered for free.

Buddy’s is also encouraging people to use their debt/credit cards instead of cash to help stop any potential spread of coronavirus.

“We are taking the credit card numbers over the phone, if our guest choose to use online ordering they can use that payment option right over a secure payment option right on our online ordering mechanism,” said Schuyler.

They also are texting people when their order is ready.

“We’ve implemented our texting feature within our restaurants when your order is ready," said Schuyler. "We will text the guest that their order is ready to go."

Extra precautions are also being made inside their restaurants. Staff will be washing their hands and sanitizing areas every 20 minutes, as well as practicing social distancing.

Buddy’s is also paying hourly employees an extra $2 an hour.

“Our team being able to have that paycheck coming in, to be able to put food on their tables and clothes on their backs and be able to go to the grocery store themselves is very important,” said Schuyler.