CROWN HEIGHTS, Brookyn — PIX11's latest Takeout Tuesday spotlight is Lakou Cafe in Brooklyn.
Located in the Weeksville neighborhood of Crown Heights, Lakou Cafe opened nearly two years ago and is a space inspired by the Haitian idea of a "lakou," or a place where the community gathers to exchange knowledge, fellowship and nourish their souls and bodies.
As a casual cafe, Lakou was already leanly staffed, but since the COVID-19 outbreak they've had to cut back even more. They say sales have dipped 70% to 80% over the past month, making it difficult to operate.
Owner Cassandre Davilmar spoke to the PIX11 Morning News about the cafe's menu and vibe, as well as their current struggles amid the state-mandated "PAUSE."
Davilmar has launched a GoFundMe to help compensate her employees and to help with operating costs.
Additionally, Lakou is partnering with community organizations such as Brooklyn Packers, which provides fresh vegetables to people in their community, and Grandchamps restaurant to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner options to hospital workers.
PIX11 is spotlighting local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To see some of these businesses, and submit a business to be featured, visit pix11.com/open.