Owner of The Dugout sports bar reflects on COVID era ahead of Yankees Opening Day game
Businesses near Yankee Stadium were undoubtedly hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as most of their revenue comes from fans attending the games.
As the Yankees are gearing up for a new season, bars and restaurants are also ready to batter up and reopen their doors again.
Ty Robinson, owner of The Dugout, whose business struggled the most with COVID restrictions last year, is ready to celebrate the Yankees marking its 20th year anniversary next month.
"Last year we tried to recover in. And barely made it through. So, we're looking to have a great year this season. We welcome the fans back, we welcome the neighborhood and we're here," Robinson says.
As the only Black-owned business in the neighborhood, Robinson says it's one of his greatest accomplishments.
"For me, to own something from steps away from a historical building. It really means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family. And it definitely means a lot to the fans and customers," he explains.
After a rough two years, those in the area are hopeful the season will boost their businesses.