By Norm Cannada
SENECA — With the COVID-19 outbreak closing dining rooms at restaurants across the state, Little Pigs BBQ owner Ron Miller has added a delivery side to his business designed to help those he says are on the “front lines” of the coronavirus outbreak.
Miller said his employees are offering free deliveries for orders placed by health care and emergency workers. Other customers can come through the drive-thru, call or come inside to get food to take out, but deliveries are reserved for those responding to the needs of area residents during the crisis.
“For any of the health professionals, civil servants, police departments, fire departments, it’s free delivery,” Miller said. “I’m not going to charge them anything to bring any food. I really want to take care of the health professionals, doctor’s offices — those folks that are still working on the front lines having to deal with this. If they’re at work and they’re stuck working those long hours, we want to be able to at least get food to them.”
Miller said the restaurant received its first order Wednesday, which he said was “a really big order” from the EMS employees at Prisma Health–Oconee Memorial Hospital.
“We were able to get it to them in what I thought was record time, all things considered,” he said. “It’s just taking care of our community — our small circle. We grew up with these people, and we’ll be laid to rest with all of these people, eventually. Everybody here is family, whether they work here or not. So we try to take care of our own.”
In addition to showing appreciation, Miller said delivery for health care and emergency responders is also designed to help those who are working long hours responding to the crisis have a chance to eat from a locally owned business.
“Everybody wants to eat local, and I’m going to try to make it more accessible to them,” he said.
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