Gambinos in Fairhope closes under family ownership for more than one day for first time in 43 years

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FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — South of the pier, on your way to Point Clear, is a family-owned Italian restaurant that has been in business for more than four decades.

After just hitting the 40-year milestone three years ago, this week hits a more somber one – in the wake of extended federal social distancing guidelines as confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

“So after 43 years, I had to close down for the first time ever – for anything at all, even hurricanes,” said owner Josh Gambino.

The restaurant tried the take out and delivery gig – but being down the beach from the downtown cluster – it just wasn’t cutting it. So Gambino made the tough decision to close on behalf of his business and the well-being of his coworkers.

“There’s a lot more relief for businesses that close,” he said, over FaceTime. “The main thing is our employees, you know, these employees were giving up two-to-three shifts a week, and they weren’t able to collect unemployment… And now they can.”

Which restaurants are still open? We called each dine-in location downtown. Out of the ones we got ahold of, we got the following answers (“open” still means only for to-go orders and/or delivery):

  • It’s All Greek to Me – trying it out for one more week, then will make decision
  • Tamara’s – open
  • Ravenite – open
  • Soul Bowlz – open
  • Master Joe’s/Wok by d’Bay – temporarily closed
  • Panini Pete’s – temporarily closed
  • Sage – open, extended hours to Sunday
  • Dragonfly – open
  • Thyme – open
  • Ox Kitchen – open
  • Texarbama – open for Saturday pre-ordered pickup

Many of these spots are also offering family meals for pickup.

If your restaurant is not on the list – email bhollis@wkrg.com so she can add you.

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