Snow storm means big business for Waterloo restaurants
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
As snow blanketed the state for most of the day Wednesday, some businesses were swamped.
Mandy Zheng said Red Apple Chinese Restaurant in Waterloo was steady with deliveries. She said customers typically order online for convenience.
"We normally need to wait only like 35-minutes, but in this kind of weather probably 45-50 minutes. We always tell customers before they order to make sure they want to wait. If they do want to wait, we send them their food," said Zheng.
"There hasn't been a day that we haven't delivered," said owner George Nicholas.
Nicholas said they see an increase in deliveries when the weather gets bad.
"I tell my drivers to drive very carefully and not get in an accident," he said. "I don't want them to hurry. That's why we tell people it could be 45-minutes to an hour before we get there because the roads are hard to drive on."
Brandon Ford has been delivering pizzas at Mama Nick's for a few months.
He said he carries a blanket and emergency kit in his car in case he gets in an accident.
"As long as you remember your basic driving skills and drive defensively it's not very bad at all," said Ford.
Not all restaurants are comfortable with employees out on the road in winter weather.
Jocelyn Williams, General Manager of Tony's La Pizzeria in Cedar Falls, said her drivers did not deliver on Wednesday.
"I would rather have employees be safe than take a chance getting one extra pizza out the door," she said.
Williams said roads are re-evaluated during snow storms to see if deliveries can resume, but she doesn't believe her drivers need to be on the road more than necessary.
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