RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh restaurant Papa Shogun debuted several years ago with an interesting Italian/Japanese fusion menu.
The fine-dining restaurant was embraced by customers and thrived – then coronavirus changed everything.
Tom Cuomo, the owner of the restaurant, decided to think beyond standard takeout. His wife came up with the idea of a “care package,” a local alternative to at-home meal kits which have surged in popularity as more people are confined to their homes.
“We’ve basically done the majority of the work so the only real cooking is the pasta or noodle aspect,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo and his wife realized they needed to come up with a way to entice customers beyond the desire to help local business.
“We’re also including digital goodies,” said Cuomo. “We have (a digital) playlist, movie recommendations, book recommendations, even a slideshow of art since you’re cooped up with the same people, conversation can run a little thin,” he joked.
You can check out Papa Shogun on their website.
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