The owner of the restaurant Marrow Detroit said they had their best month ever in February of 2020.
“And of course the next month everything collapsed,” said the owner, Ping Ho.
Marrow had been open just over a year before the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns hit in March. Marrow Detroit is a butcher shop and restaurant hybrid on Kercheval near Van Dyke in the city’s West Village, which is struggling.
“Not being able to have proper dining has really hurt the top line,” she said.
Sales are down 50-percent and Ho has been forced to let go of more than half of her staff. And just as they began to set up for warm, outdoor dining with nine, large heat lamps, someone broke in Thanksgiving night. The thief entered through the patio door which is now chained shut but stole half a dozen heat lamps and propane tanks.
“I assume he had a big truck, and the person didn’t manage to take all of them, but the majority of them,” she said.
Losing six out of nine lamps was crushing for the business. New replacement lamps cost about $300 each. Ho is trying to keep the restaurant patio open and says, she quickly tried to replace them.
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