MOUNT VERNON — Small businesses are being hit everywhere as customers cut back on extra spending. But some businesses that don’t wish to completely close their doors are seeking other alternatives.
Rattarenz House of Pasta closed its doors, but owner Larry Long plans to take the kitchen equipment and use it to augment his other business.
“There was just not enough business to carry [Rattarenz],” he said. “It was one of those situations where it was costing me; I would have just appreciated to break even, but that didn’t happen.
“What I am planning on doing with the equipment is to finish what was a kitchen in the back of the King of Clubs, which is on West Vine Street. I will open it up to the public on July 1, and set up a kitchen that would basically do sandwiches, breakfast and cater to Mount Vernon and the customers in the bar,” said Long.
He will add a small breakfast menu and a main lunch menu with sandwiches and appetizers. Customers will be able to order pick-up or have their order delivered.
“[The King of Clubs] has always been a private bar, but in this economy it is struggling as well, so I am just trying to use any opportunity I have to make things go,” said Long. “All I’m trying to do is keep people working.”
King of Clubs is at 103 W. Vine St. and the dining area will open July 1.