Like many businesses, Books & Brews Noblesville has struggled to recover during the COVID-19 pandemic, but its patio seating has played a major role in aiding the business.
But now with temperatures dropping, co-owner Jordan Fox said the company is experiencing a dramatic decrease in business.
“Most of our customers this summer have been patio seaters, so without having a warm covered patio, we really saw our sales drop,” Fox said.
Fox and her husband, co-owner Stephen Fox, decided to organize a GoFundMe to help pay the business’s bills.
“We wanted to see if we can raise money to pay the basic bills and our loan and lease at the mall (Hamilton Town Center),” Fox said. “A lot of people want to support us but aren’t comfortable coming out right now.”
As of press time, more than $7,950 has been raised through the GoFundMe. The business spends approximately $10,000 a month for the loan, lease, and utility bills.
“I hope people know if we can make it to patio weather again, we will be a successful business once again,” Fox said. “All restaurants are feeling that hurt right now. We just have a really amazing customer base that wants to help us through the winter, so we appreciate the support we have gotten so far.”
Fox said Hamilton Town Center gifted the business two heaters for the patio to extend the outdoor season.
Books & Brews Noblesville opened May 15, 2019. The Foxes grew up in Noblesville. For more or to donate to the GoFundMe, visit gofundme.com/f/keep-the-lights-on-at-books-amp-brews-noblesville.