St. Stephen – Over the past few months, the world has been dealing with a pandemic, and one result of that reality is businesses having to shut their doors. But, while some are closed, others found ways to be able to stay open and serve their customers. These business owners have gone above and beyond when it comes to finding ways to keep their doors open and serve the community, and The Saint Croix Courier is highlighting these businesses with the Shine On campaign.

Businesses that have been nominated have a chance to win an advertising package , and one of those is 5 Kings Restaurant & Picaroons Brewhouse in St. Stephen.

Lisa Aronson, owner/operator of 5 Kings, said she had no idea her business had been nominated, and she is very grateful her business is in the running for this award. She said they have had to make a few changes in order to comply with regulations that have been set out by the Province of New Brunswick, but they made sure they could still serve their loyal customers in the area.

“I guess in the beginning, we changed our hours slightly from five days a week to seven, which we’re changing next week back to six,” said Aronson. “I guess we just continued to offer takeout and delivery throughout town. We were always open to help out the customers. We’ve been delivering takeout. We didn’t charge for delivery either.”

Aronson said she did have to close the dining room for about seven weeks. At long last, the dining room, along with the patio, is once again open to serve customers. In order to maintain social distancing, Aronson said they are running at half capacity so there is plenty of space between tables.

“It’s limited seating in the dining room and on the patio,” said Aronson.

Cathy Merritt, a loyal patron of 5 Kings, nominated the restaurant for the Shine On award because she said they have been doing a “fantastic job in keeping the food rolling out the door”. She said the management and staff have been working very hard to keep this business going, and she is happy that people have been able to take advantage of pick-up and delivery services.

“5 Kings have remained open for business with pick up or delivery services. Lisa, Sean and staff have worked hard to try and keep the business going. Keep up the good work,” said Merritt.

Aronson would like to thank all of the loyal customers who have helped her to keep the restaurant open during these past weeks. She said receiving this nomination was unexpected, and that it was really nice to be thought of.

“Thank you. A really big thank you. We just really appreciate the gesture and the business, everybody coming in and supporting us. Without that, I don’t know where we’d be at this point in time.”

sarigreen@stcroixcourier.ca