BEREA, Ohio — It’s not easy opening a business, let alone opening one during a pandemic, but Front St Social in Berea has done just that and is adapting to every challenge thrown their way. News 5 photojournalist Dave Colabine shows how in the player above.
Front St Social opened its doors on Sept .17 when COVID-19 cases were low and things seemed in control. When cases began to surge and more restrictions were put into place across Ohio to mitigate the spread, owner Brock Malinowski chose to adapt to them rather than fight them.
Malinowski said that the pandemic has been, in a sense, an extra motivator to make the bar work.
“You know that you’re dealing with the worst circumstances that you’re ever going to have to deal with and we just wanted to get those out of the way from the beginning I guess,” he said.
With the heightened restrictions and having to cancel live music scheduled at the bar, Malinowski said he knew the bar would have to focus heavily on carry out in order to find success.
Malinowski has been making it work and rolling with the punches as the pandemic continues to develop, but he hopes that the community will continue to support local businesses like his.
“Support your local businesses during this time just like you support your neighbors, just like you’re supporting your friends and family that might need it,” Malinowski said.
Front St Social is located at 107 Front St. in Berea.
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