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Marion restaurant reopens, despite pandemic

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Wing Basket

MARION (WSIL) -- Many businesses in Marion are making efforts to stay open despite the pandemic.

Wing Basket in Marion has been shut down since April. but gained new ownership last month.

"It was a tough decision to make. But--but knowing this restaurant is geared toward the to-go business we decided to make that decision and reopen," says Co-owner Leah Bailey.

Bailey says the restaurant has been open for almost a week. They have take-out and will soon do delivery.

"I think the most challenging thing is getting the word out that we're reopened. I think once the word's out, we'll have business," she said.

Over at the Marion Chamber of Commerce, they say members are also seeking opportunities to publicize their business.

"We've been helping to promote them on either special resources that they are providing. New products and services and existing products and services and we're also kind of keeping them in the loop with things we're hearing from the state and regional level," said Marion Chamber of Commerce director Karen Mullins.

She says restaurants are getting creative with advertising.

"A lot of them are: how do you get information out, especially if they are offering any special Thanksgiving grab and go services…promoting their pick-up options," she said.

Wing Basket say they hope more customers will come visit.

"We love to see smiles on people's faces when they come in and they seem genuinely happy that we're back and we're up for business and that's what makes us happy," said Bailey.

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Maya Skinner

Maya Skinner is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Maya joined the team in 2019 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Mass Media.

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