LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s been just two weeks since Gov. Andy Beshear mandated restaurant dining rooms close due to the coronavirus, and the impacts on local businesses continue to spread.
First it was the thousands of service industry workers who lost their jobs or were temporarily furloughed. Then, restaurants who couldn’t make it work doing takeout or delivery began to temporarily close. Some farmers saw a spike in orders, while others saw their business decline dramatically as restaurants ordered less product for a shrinking customer base.
But the ripple effect is hitting restaurant-adjacent businesses, too.
Charlie Lucas founded the commercial refrigeration service company Refrigeration Hero in Louisville in 2018, offering repairs and maintenance to coolers, freezers, ice machines and other systems typically used by restaurants and bars.