Tucson Steakhouse Helps on COVID Front Line
Tucson restaurant, The Silver Saddle Steakhouse, is doing what they can to help out during this COVID-19 outbreak by feeding other Tucsonans who are in the front line efforts to serve and protect our community.
While the Silver Saddle chose to close its doors and switch to a take-out only model even before Tucson Mayor Regina Romero instituted the rule, the owners have now decided to go one step further and temporarily close entirely. Owners Mario and Orlando Alva said that while it was a difficult choice, the safety of customers, staff and family must come first.
Recognizing that not all businesses and employees have the luxury of making that safe mood, the Alvas felt compelled to do something to help those that are continuing to expose themselves to the risks of the virus while serving the community.
Currently the 2 brothers and one other employee are managing to keep the kitchen operating enough to prepare and deliver lunches a few days a week for some different businesses around Tucson who are still working.
“After 37 great years in business here in Tucson, we want to do what we can to give back” said Orlando Alva. “After all, Tucson has been there for us all these years, even voting us best steakhouse in Tucson more than once. And many of our loyal customers are the doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and police officers who are still out there taking care of things, including the sick, during these crazy times.”
So far the Saddle has delivered lunches to Tucson Police Department, Banner University Hospital, Downtown Tucson Fire Dept. Another local business receiving lunch from the Saddle is Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum, which has taken up the cause by putting its staff to work to sew masks for hospital workers, as well as helping show private citizens how to do the same.
“We’re all in this together, so the more we can all be on the same page, the sooner and better off we’ll be once we get through it” says Mario Alva. He went on, “We wish we could do more, but with such a small crew, we’re doing what we can. That’s all we’re asking of everyone.”
“I had real mixed emotions when I heard they closed their doors” said John Mucciacciaro, owner of John’s Garage Doors, a local garage door repair company in Tucson. “I know how hard a decision it is to make, but they’re doing the right thing. I know a lot of people will be disappointed to see the doors closed for now, but by doing so, there will be that many more people able to enjoy their great food again when we get through this.