When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Athens Diner in Colchester, Vermont to shut down for three months earlier this year, the 11 workers were out of work but not out of a job.
They returned in June for the reopening. “We're like a big family,” said General Manager Christine Levallee, the Milton Independent said in a report.
“We wouldn't even be able to be open without all these people, stepping up and helping. They are great folks, every one of them,” she said, adding that besides friendship that they share a passion for food and hard work.
Her paternal grandfather immigrated to Canada from Greece, before moving to the United States and settling in Vermont. Her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Naomi Maglaris, took ownership of Athens Diner in 2012.
They added some Greek specialties in the unique 1950s railcar but acknowledged the unprecedented health crisis is making it difficult because they are limited to only 50 percent capacity, with the cold Vermont winter about to set in.
Some days, she said, there's only a few customers at the linoleum counter but there's a family waiting for them.