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WAKE FOREST — Like most restaurants, Casa Cubana is offering delivery, drive-thru and curbside services. But to try and help other businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wake Forest restaurant is offering to deliver food for other companies, too.

“We’re all trying to work together, to help one another,” owner Randy Hernandez said. “If we support (one another), the community will come back stronger.”

If a neighboring business does not have a delivery driver, it can reach out to Hernandez, who will send one of his drivers to deliver the order.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “If they need help, they can just call my cell phone and we’ll help.”

He has added more delivery drivers to try to make sure everyone receives their food within an hour of placing an order.

The restaurant is also trying to help community members receive food as easily as possible, Hernandez added.

“We were offering 15% off, but that wasn’t enough,” he said. “We worked with our vendors and utilities, our landlord, so we could lower all of our menu prices around 25%. People need help with everybody out of work right now.”

In addition to placing large menu signs in the windows, Hernandez is putting in more parking spaces for curbside pick-up as well as placing a tent outside so people can pick up food without being rained on.

Parents can call the restaurant to receive a free kids’ meal, featuring a sandwich and fries, Hernandez added.

Hernandez hopes the community will come out of this stronger than before, he said.

“Hopefully, small businesses will come back stronger. They will continue and more will open,” Hernandez said. “That will only happen if the community works together. So far, everybody is trying to help; everybody is working together.”