Local Spotlight: How COVID-19 Affected One Restaurant

Bryan Mecozzi owns Black Iron Bystro, a semi-casual, eclectic restaurant located just south of Buffalo in Blasdell, New York. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Mecozzi suddenly found his business and his employees’ livelihoods on the line. While he didn’t know if he’d eventually have to close his doors indefinitely, Mecozzi did know that he wasn’t ready to give up on the successful business he had built. He needed to make tough decisions quickly. 

In a new video series created by Spectrio, Mecozzi explains his initial reaction to the news about COVID-19, the thought process behind the changes they made at Black Iron Bystro, the many challenges they faced, and how they have persevered and remained resilient throughout the pandemic. 

View the entire video series here