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We're Open: J & J Cafe

Posted at 9:51 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 11:54:40-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Before Covid-19 put the world on hold, J & J in Green Bay, was a busy restaurant filled with customers.

"Now its pretty much a ghost town inside of here which Im not use too since we've started up and got the momentum going so its like starting over from scratch again," owner Willie Hamilton said.

To continue to bring in revenue, they've turned to carry-out and delivery, including the local delivery service, known as "Food Dudes Delivery".
"We've got a lot of our drivers get shown more appreciation when they show up because people realize we're out there dealing with it for them so they don't have to go out, so business has definitely went up," Food Dudes delivery manager, Jamie Waller said.

J & J Cafe is known for having people pay it forward. While the world continues to deal with the coronavirus, people are still generous enough to purchase the next meal for the less fortunate.

"Another person in the community would be basically gift a meal and so if you come in and you say, "Hey, I'm down on my luck," don't worry I got you. The only thing I ask is in return is that when you're in the position to help somebody you do the same thing."

Hamilton says he grew up on hard times, so he understands what people are going through right now and to be able to return the favor means the world to him.

"It's a raw emotion, but its a good feeling. I'm able to give back, give to somebody that when I was that age or in that situation I wasn't able to receive because there was nothing like that in place."