Fondue or fon-don't? Chicago restaurant adapts during pandemic

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The proprietor of a longtime restaurant on Chicago's North Side says 2020 has been a character-building experience.

Jeff Lawler is the proprietor of Geja's Cafe, the intimate wine and fondue cafe on Armitage just west of Lincoln Park.

Geja’s has had to make a number of changes in order to adapt to the pandemic. In particular, the restaurant has offered takeout service for the first time.

A full-service fondue kit allows people to recreate the Geja's experience in their own home.

Lawler said he tested the product on his friends.

"I've had friends, family, I had my insurance guy, I had my attorney do it. Just to make sure that we had all of our T's crossed and our I's dotted," Lawler said.

Lawler said he's never experienced anything like 2020.

"If I, as the proprietor of Geja's, make it through this storm — and we will make it through this storm — I will feel as if I had earned my stripes.”