She hired a local band for the grand opening which was a huge success.
Two of the band members, Mick an old rocker and Arlo who was more into folk music, became regular customers and got to know Alice quite well..
One day Arl0 was sitting at the corner table talking to Alice while he waited for Mick to show up. Mick came dragging in late with a long face.
“What’s wrong with you?” Alice aked.
“Did somebody die?” asked Arlo with a concerned look on his face.
“Not yet but I’m about to, “ Mick responded.
“What in the world are you talking about?” Alice and Arlo replied together.
“ I just came from the doctor’s office, that’s why I’m late. I have a substrain of the Covid 19 Virus. It’s not contagious but just as deadly. I’m at high risk due to my age and past lifestyle. I need to be put on a ventilator soon or I’m a goner.”
“Well, why aren’t you in the hospital on one?” asked Arlo.
“ I need a ventilator but there are none available. My name’s on a list but it’ll take four months to receive one. I need it now.”
“ Calm down Mick, I think Alice can help you out.”
“ Alice, you’re not a doctor . How can you help me ?”
“ Come on Mick. Everybody knows,” she says with a sly grin,” You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.”