Mr Fuchs, what is the current situation in your restaurant Askitis?
Before the crisis, Askitis employed 15 to 20 people. Now most of them are on short-time work and the three of us, as owners, are trying to keep the business going. Unfortunately, there is not much work to do at the moment, so the three of us can manage it. Our family members help where they can. Luckily, overall the year has been good so far, so we have been able to manage very well. From April on it will be difficult, since we have no idea what to expect.
You have a lot of regulars; how are they reacting to the current situation?
Our regulars are very concerned; we can almost feel a kind of ‘patriotism’. Generally speaking, I feel like people are sticking together more. For the first time there is a sense that people need local, unique businesses. I can remember, about ten years ago, restaurant chains were more hip. That has changed and people are asking: Hey, what is happening in my neighbourhood? I think that is because a good restaurant in the neighbourhood is ultimately an enrichment for all of us. The people in our area appreciate it.