Natrona County Businesses Adapting to COVID Surge

Amber Pollock and her team at Backwards Distilling Company are doing everything they can to keep their community safe and to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Many businesses in Casper are making efforts to keep their customers and their employees safe and healthy. Some businesses, like Peaches Restaurant, have closed their lobby and are only offering drive-thru services.

Others, like Backwards Distilling Co., have closed their tasting rooms while still offering to-go cocktails for those who need their mid-week (or day) alcoholic pick-me-up.  

A few businesses have closed entirely, and indefinitely. Regardless of the measures taken, it’s important to note that most business owners in Casper realize and understand the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and are doing everything in their power to keep their people safe. Sometimes this takes sacrifice, as is the case with Pollock and her team.  

“Going into this decision [to shut down our tasting room], we really decided that our biggest priority would be to keep our staff and customers as safe as we possibly could,” Pollock said. “The second priority would be to try and generate enough revenue so that we would be in a position to weather this current climate and still be open on the other side.” 

Currently, Backwards is offering to-go curbside service, every weekend, featuring a rotating menu of various cocktails. This service is open from 2- 8 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12 – 4 p.m. on Sundays. So far, Pollock said, Backwards’ to-go service has been able to sustain them but, still, the future remains uncertain at best.  

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