LANSING, Mich. — Right before COVID-19 forced many local businesses to close their doors, one Lansing bagel shop opened theirs.
Goodfellas Bagel Deli opened last February. A few weeks later, the pandemic hit and turned the world upside down.
That didn’t stop co-owner Adrian Joseph from doing everything he could to make sure the deli stayed afloat.
“You try to dwell not too much on the negative and then you adjust on how you’re going to move forward,” he said.
Navigating the pandemic was still challenging for Joseph. He had to make the tough decision to lay off some of his staff temporarily, which left a heavy workload for him.
“A lot of days I worked by myself from beginning to close,” he said.
Goodfellas adapted to COVID-19. Their to-go window was a lifeline until dining regulations were lifted earlier this week and customers were allowed back into the deli.
“We went through it for a good year and finally we’re seeing the fruits of our labor,” said Joseph.