“Fortunately, most of our employees are part time so they have other jobs” to rely on, he said. The only full-time employee, Erica Simpson, has been furloughed since March.
Benedict W. Koenig IV, founder, Heritage Eats said it was hard to believe it’s been almost a year since his small business got its first PPP loan.
“That certainly was helpful,” he said. The entire situation was stressful, but “we were fortunate to remain open given our service model” of fast casual and take-out food.
Today “I’m definitely encouraged” that more business aid is planned. “Anything will be helpful,” said Koenig.
“Some individual travel has started back to Napa,” said California Wine Tours’ Marino. A lot of calls he gets are from groups of six to 10 people.
“We just got all our shots so we’re starting to travel,” is what he’s hearing from callers looking for transportation, he said.
Overall, his business is down more than 90 percent.
“It hasn’t been easy,” said Marino. “We’ve cut our overhead as much as we can. We’ve (gone) from 120 employees down to 10 or 11, and sometimes none. It’s been off and on all year long; closed, open, closed.”