Leo’s Restaurant giving back to the community during crisis



A Leo’s employee serves lunch at the Lapeer County Sherriff’s Department, April 9. Photos provided

A Leo’s employee serves lunch at the Lapeer County Sherriff’s Department, April 9. Photos provided

DAVISON — Leo’s Coney Island, 625 N. State St., may be feeling the pinch of the coronavirus shutdown with its business limited solely to take-out orders, but that hasn’t stopped the local eatery from helping others during this time.

Eddie Alasad, owner of the Leo’s restaurants in Davison, Lapeer and Imlay City, said his eateries are providing lunches to first responders as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all they do in the community – especially during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It’s just because first responders work hard for us,” said Alasad. “Everybody off staying home and they are still out there helping out the community. This is our way of giving back, to show support and solidarity in Lapeer and Davison.”

Alasad said Leo’s wants to give back to the community as an essential service that is there to provide meals for people who are unable to cook for themselves, or who just don’t cook at home.

“It’s about giving back when times are tough,” he said. “That’s something I’ve always believed in.”

These past few weeks have been trying for Leo’s, and many other restaurants and bars, who rely on sit-down business. By limiting his customers to take-out only, he said revenue is at a trickle.

Still, he said, many people are still ordering take-out and the restaurants see a lot of Friday business, especially right now during lent with orders of fish and chips.