As businesses continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, one restaurant in Cambria County is asking for the community’s help to stay afloat.
Red’s Texas BBQ on Scalp Avenue in Johnstown is known for their take-out and catering large events like weddings and other gatherings. Because of the pandemic putting a stop to these kinds of events, the business is beginning to feel the effects.
Owner, Tracy McCarthy says her business has taken a hit because of COVID-19.
“A majority of our business is catering weddings, graduation parties, big events, Thunder in the Valley all the kind of events that were canceled throughout the summer,” said McCarthy. “That kind of gives us our nesting for winter, because it’s a BBQ restaurant so it’s a little slower in the winter so since we were hit so hard in the summer, we are just not comfortable with where we are at right now.”
Despite being mainly take-out, the restaurant lost nearly 90% of their business during the pandemic.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t think we got hit very hard by the pandemic but like I said the majority of our business comes from our summer events and most of those events were canceled,” said McCarthy.
So, she took to social media and asked for the community’s help.
“The response was phenomenal. Johnstown is a city that is definitely knows how to stick together,” said McCarthy.
She hopes people will continue to crave what she calls, “the best BBQ in town.”
“I’m just hoping that we can continue to get the support and help that we get the past week after putting that Facebook post, I was overwhelmed by the response,” said McCarthy.
Visit Red’s Texas BBQ Facebook page to support the local business.