These days, it's all about being able to transition with the times.
And that's exactly what the owners of Company, a catering outfit based in Washington Heights, have done.
After a three-year break, Thomas Loughlin and Billy Dove have reopened their cafe, Company on Edgecombe, on the corner of Edgecombe Avenue and 159th Street.
The decision came after a long, hard year, says Loughlin. All of their catering clients cancelled at the start of the pandemic, then Loughlin's father died from Covid.
The partners soon pivoted to working with local community development organization CLOTH, at one point feeding 180 people in the neighborhood a day.
Nine months into the pandemic they decided it was the right time to reopen their cafe, which closed in 2017 due to the growing demands of their catering business, and focus on offering comfort food like fried chicken, barbecue, burgers and pot pies via takeout and delivery.
It is currently open Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm.
The long chef's table where customers used to eat is gone for now, as are the breakfast egg sandwiches that used to draw everyone from drag queens to breast-feeding mothers on the weekends.
But Loughlin promises all of that will return "when the pandemic is behind us."
Thanks to Lindsey Schram for the tip.