We're Open, Tallahassee: Paulie's Pizza in Thomasville supports frontline workers one slice at a time

Posted at 6:41 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 18:41:29-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

For Takeout Tuesday, we're highlighting a Thomasville pizza joint giving a discount to first responders.

Scott Fernbach, the owner of Paulie's Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta in Thomasville, calls those on the frontline superheroes, and is offering a slice of comfort to all first responders.

Fernbach opened the restaurant over eight years ago, offering made from scratch pizzas, pastas, calzones, and more.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, he's offered 50 percent off one pizza for all first responders and Thomasville hospital employees.

Recently, a firetruck pulled up with a hungry crew, thankful for the deal.

"We appreciate anything businesses do, it's honorable for us," said the interim fire chief Tim Connell. "We are thankful. We don't ask for it, but the offer is all we need."

Fernbach can empathize with first responders. His son is one in Franklin County.

"People are going to work and not going back home, to not infect their families," said Fernbach. "I want to ease the pain of not being able to do that and give back."

While Georgia allowed restaurants to open their dining rooms two weeks ago, Fernbach decided against it, concerned for the health and safety of his employees.

He says he will re-evaluate his decision on a weekly basis, but as of now, he's open for take-out and delivery.

If you're a business supporting our community, we want to hear from you.

ABC 27 has made it easy to submit your own business.

This is not just Tallahassee. South Georgia small businesses, we want to hear from you too!

Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.

It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.