NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — If you celebrate Easter, chances are you have a family tradition that centers around a big meal. Naturally, eating at a restaurant is out of the question this year, but you can still enjoy their food.
For the staff at Amerigo's, the sweetest sound in the world is the voice on the other end of the line. "Every order that comes in is helping to keep our business alive. So every time that phone rings, it’s a glimmer of excitement and hope for our staff because they know that’s keeping us going," said Ali Gensert, Director of Marketing at Amerigo's.
Due to COVID-19, table service has been replaced by curbside pickup, featuring brown bags with Easter ribbons. "We can’t have them in the restaurant so we figure if we can bring something nice to their homes, we just want to add that nice little touch," said Gensert.
At Amerigo’s, Hugh Baby's and Martin's BBQ, they will still be accepting pre orders through Saturday and day of orders on Sunday but for some other restaurants across Nashville, you may have to make your decision fairly quickly.
The Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel has already sold all of their pre-orders for Sunday, but in an effort for the Easter Bruch to still feel like Easter, they have one more surprise up their sleeve. "For those of you who made an order and you have children and are picking it up, then the Easter bunny is to make an appearance as well for those deliveries," said Suzanne Bradford, Director of Catering for the Hermitage Hotel.
Of course, there's nothing restaurants can to to replace the real thing, but as long as the phones keep ringing, they'll keep serving.
"We’re hoping we’re just as busy as we normally are, just in a different capacity," said Gensert.
Perhaps more importantly, more orders, mean more employees can have a Happy Easter. "We have been able to keep some staff on just to process those orders," said Gensert.