Crown Heights eatery considers customers’ health while serving during pandemic

La Napa restaurant’s mini-market offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, and even dairy products to its customers, all while considering their customers' health.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2020, 10:58 PM

Updated 1,518 days ago

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A Crown Heights restaurant created a mini market inside for the community to shop for produce and other products without worrying about price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic.
La Napa restaurant’s mini-market offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, and even dairy products to its customers, all while considering their customers' health.
"People that are high risk, they don't want to go out. They don't want to go into the supermarkets, even if they take the measures of staying away from people and all that," says La Napa owner Francisco Anton.
Anton says the restaurant, which is also offers take out service, allows customers to order items from the market online, or in person, to be picked up at a window with social distancing in mind.
The prices of the items range, but Anton says it's all meant to be affordable at a time when some stores are increasing their prices.
"It is hard to find stuff, so I guess people are using that as a way to justify raising the prices. If you’re really about the community, you have to get away from that mentality and then just be able to provide to the community the same way the community has provided to you as a business," Anton says.
Although Anton says keeping the restaurant up and running has been challenging right now, he says he's hoping to continue doing his part to make an impact on the community.
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"People in the community were going to try to help us stay in business, and our mentality was ‘let's just give them a reason, let's give them value.’ So they can actually support us instead of just giving us money for us to stay open," Anton says.
Anton says he created the market about a week ago and he plans to continue expand the market by adding more items.


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