Durham community rallies around restaurant amid coronavirus concern
Zweli's, a family-owned Zimbanwean restaurant, helped feed hundreds of residents of McDougald Terrace when the complex was evacuated earlier this year due to carbon monoxide. Now the tables are turned and the community is chipping in to help Zweli's.Posted — Updated
Zweli's, which employs about 20 people, has seen about 50 catering orders canceled in the last week.
"It's extremely tough,"said Leonardo Williams, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife. "Now, we're in a situation where we have no idea what tomorrow looks like."
"We never thought we would be in this position. We’re reaping what we sowed then. We didn’t do it for any reward, any recognition or anything," Williams said. "It really feels good to see that the community is like, 'Hey, we got you, too. You know we got your back like you have ours.' That feels … it’s invaluable."
Zweli's currently offers take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery within a 25-mile radius. Orders can be called or even texted into the restaurant.
"Hopefully the delivery service and curbside and the fundraiser will allow us to have enough finances to employ everyone still and keep the doors open," Williams said.
Zweli's is located at 4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham. It is open seven days a week.
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