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"Sausage Stimulus" Aims to Boost Local Restaurants

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The Capital City's restaurants are struggling as the coronavirus has shut down their dining rooms. But now one restaurant owner and a local meat producer are trying to help out.

Tally Mac Shack Founder Justo Cruz recalled before the virus, take out traffic for restaurants like his used to be a fairly slim part of the business.

"Ten to fifteen percent of sales and we're trying to flip that into a 90 percent gross model, which is extremely difficult to do in this climate," he said.

Cruz teamed up with Ben Kaempfer who owns Cottondale's Register Meat Company. They cooked up some sausage-based recipes. And now Kaempfer said they're giving away the recipes and the meat to make them with.

"Let's get this out to some restaurants and just give it to them and see if we can do something for local places."

Variations of those sausage dishes are now available for takeout at 14 Tallahassee eateries. Cruz and Kaempfer are calling it their "Sausage Stimulus."

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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