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We're Open: Nanna's Kitchen in Wyandotte still serving the community during COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:45:13-04

(WXYZ) — Restaurant workers across metro Detroit are describing unprecedented times, as some are already closing temporarily including National Coney Island locations.

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Part of a message from their CEO reads, “As the public health situation in Detroit worsens, and in consideration for the well-being of our staff and customer’s alike, we have decided to close all NCI stores until further notice... In the meantime, you can find our hot dogs and chili products at local Kroger stores and specialty markets or by ordering a Coney kit online at www.nationalconeyisland.com.”

In Wyandotte, Nanna’s Kitchen owner Alban Gjetaj tells us, “I have my regulars, funny and cool. But, it’s hard. This place is a ghost town now.”

He’s still open, serving the community with a smaller staff and facing economic challenges.

“I have customers who come here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have to be here for the community” he says.

Customer Kim Laroy says the amount of businesses that have closed, is very concerning. She’s hoping more will stay open in the coming weeks.

She says “I’m very grateful for them and trying to give my business to small businesses around here.”

Nanna’s Kitchen has been in the community for 37 years. Another reason the owner says he wants to keep doors open as long as possible. New research suggests 1 out of 3 restaurants may not survive the crisis.