NORFOLK, Va. - On a hot summer day in the middle of July, Adel Hagez looks up at his restaurant knowing things will never be the same.
For the first time in 16 years, he's getting rid of the tables and chairs inside of Granby Bistro & Deli and replacing them with freezers and a to-go counter.
"Most of the restaurants [that are still in business are now doing pick-up], so we're just going to all pick-up," said Hagez.
The effects of the coronavirus forced Hagez to temporarily close his doors and now change the way his deli operates.
The longtime owner and operater said the decision to go take-out only was an emotional one.
"I'm going to miss sitting down or going around talking to the friends and customers ask them how things are. It was emotional, yes," he said.
Next time you stop by, things are going to look a lot different, but Hagez said you'll still receive the same great service and your favorite meals like, "soup and hummus and eggplant Parmesan and chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and so on."
They'll still offer breakfast and lunch, but now you will have to grab it on-the-go. Hagez said customers will actually save money because the items will be cheaper. Catering and special event services will remain the same.
For now, Hagez and his crew are looking towards the future.
"I am very excited. As a matter of fact, putting things together is the most exciting time," he said.
Details are still expected to come on an opening date.