Camporosso continues to offer artisan pizzas and pasta while supporting the community
During COVID-19, no one would blame a restaurant for just focusing on staying afloat. But that’s not Camporosso’s way.
“During the first six weeks of the pandemic we distributed 100% of our profits to our employees. After we brought everyone back to work, we shifted our focus to a meal match program where guests could buy a meal for frontline health care workers, first responders and their families,” says Eric Redfield, owner of the Fort Mitchell-based restaurant. Since the pandemic started, Camporosso has provided more than 1,000 meals to health care workers, fed COVID-19 testing volunteers and continued to offer group health, vision, dental and 401K benefits to its 48 employees.
Camporosso’s dedication to its employees and the community is reflective of the restaurant’s guiding value, as stated in Philippians 2: 4: “Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Redfield and Camporosso have been able to do this by adapting how they do business and with the help of others.
“We have had to pivot several times to adjust our business model to meet the ever-changing guidelines,” says Redfield.
The most significant change has been the addition of takeout. With comfort food in high demand during the pandemic, the restaurant has found that its artisan pizzas and pasta have continued to be popular as a takeout option.
“Previously we were a dine-in only restaurant, but the response to takeout has been overwhelming, so much so that we will continue to offer it moving forward,” he says. “Our pasta program, on a takeout perspective, has been a surprise because we do a significant volume of spaghetti and meatballs to go.”
Redfield says that the restaurant’s staff and the Fort Mitchell city officials have made pivots like this possible.
“Our staff continues to present new ideas [and] develop and execute on best practices,” he says. “The Fort Mitchell city officials continue to help us expedite plans and maneuver through these unprecedented times, keeping us compliant and operational, with a focus on keeping the public safe. It is a balancing act, keeping businesses open and the public safe. They have been incredibly nimble in that regard.”
But all of this wouldn’t be possible without the restaurant’s loyal customers.
“They have endured longer wait times, limited seating, dining outside in cooler weather, etc. It has not deterred them from coming in. We are forever grateful,” says Redfield.
Camporosso, 2475 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell. Tu-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-8p.m. 859-331-0155.