Local residents dine out despite rising coronavirus cases

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts restaurant owners are optimistic this weekend in the face of coronavirus concerns.

As the Saturday night crowd filled the Delaney House restaurant in Holyoke, many thinking of St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. Diners told 22News, it’s important to relax and spend a night out with loved ones.

Among them retired Holyoke attorney George Beauregard, who will celebrate his 95th birthday in a few weeks.

“Well, we have to continue to live,” Beauregard said. “We’ve got to get out once in a while with caution. So, we’re going to celebrate a little bit tonight.”

Delaney House owner, Peter Rosskothen told 22News, that local residents are continually amazing him by still coming out and supporting local business regardless of coronavirus.

“I’ve got to tell you, that people are amazing. People are thinking about businesses like ours and people are coming out,” he shared.

Rosskothen noted, “They’re not coming out like they usually are, they’re having a good time, they enjoy themselves and we very much appreciate that.”

And among the diner’s 22News spoke with, they seemed to echo the feelings just expressed by 94-year-old George Beauregard, that as long as they feel safe, they’ve got to get out once in a while.

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