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Goodfellas Bagel Deli opened its doors weeks before the pandemic hit. How it survived the year.

Goodfellas Bagel Deli
Posted at 2:45 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 16:04:50-05

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.

Goodfellas Bagel Deli

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.

Kaisha Young, FOX 47 News, 2021
Kaisha Young, FOX 47 News, 2021

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 Bagel Deli

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.

Kaisha Young

Kaisha Young

11:14 AM, Jan 14, 2021

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