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Hill Country community rallies around Boerne restaurant that is struggling during pandemic

After informing the public of their struggles during the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, Boerne restaurant owners of Richter Cork and Keg received an overwhelming amount of support from the Hill Country community less than 24 hours later.

Joi Sanders, co-owner of the Richter establishment, said the community ordered an “insane” amount of to-go food as the restaurant had sales that were five times over the amount they typically average during the pandemic.

“I am really excited about the amount of business we received,” she said in a video uploaded to Richter Bakhaus’ Facebook. “It was insane for us. We were not prepared because we haven’t been this busy these last few weeks.”

Sanders and her husband Guy both run three businesses (Richter Cork and Keg, Richter Bakhaus and Richter Tavern) in a three-story building on the Boerne Hill Country Mile, which is in the city’s downtown area.

The couple had to lay off more than half of their employees due to the pandemic, which left the business to operate on Tuesday with what Sanders called a “skeleton crew.”

“We were dealing with a skeleton crew so my apologies to everybody that didn’t get everything perfectly,” she said. “But, we are working on our system and it will be improved next time.”

The Richter Cork and Keg menu is available for curbside only and offers items such as hamburgers, family meals and craft cocktails from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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