Lou Weinkam says Franco’s is still serving lots of pizzas during pandemic

April 03, 2020 | WNST Audio

It was great catching up with our friend Lou Weinkam this week. Lou is the owner of Franco’s Italian Bistro in Catonsville and a partner at Weinkam & Weinkam.

Like most business owners, Lou has had to dramatically adjust the daily routine at both of his businesses.

“Unfortunately in the beginning of it, a lot of clients still wanted to come in,” Weinkam said. “I did for a few days and then I decided we need to shut down. At Franco’s, we’ve done a lot more curbside (pickup) and we have all the protective measures in there for the staff as well – I feel like we’ve been good about getting ahead of the curve, I just don’t know what that means for stopping the curve”

Franco’s has been a landmark in Catonsville for quite some time, and the love that the local community has for Franco’s has been evident during this crisis.

“The very first couple days that this happened, people were coming in for delivery and takeout and the tips were unbelievable,” Weinkam said. “The comment that I heard over and over, and it strikes me even to this day, was they thanked us for staying open. I’m always trying to be thankful to the customer because I appreciate the business. But they were like no no no, we appreciate you being open, we love this place, you’ve got to stay open for us. That was enlightening to me. People do look at Franco’s as an institution in Catonsville. We’ve been blessed and our pizza oven has been cranking out.”

We encourage all of you out there to support Franco’s and all local restaurants in town. They need your support now more than ever!

Also, if you are in need of a law firm that specializes in estate planning and administration, Weinkam & Weinkam is here for you. While many people look at estate planning as simply having a will, Lou explains that it is much more involved than that.

“Everyone always thinks of a will, and that is a primary thing to have, but there’s also an the estate planning package which is the will, power of attorney, and advanced care directive,” Weinkam said. “We package it up at a price that’s reasonable for people to come in and do so everybody’s done…I feel like the most important document to have is the advanced medical directive. The reason I think that is the most important is because that affects your quality of life when you can’t make medical decisions for yourself. This document says how you want to be treated, what you want to have done, and who is going to make those final decisions.”

Lou and Nestor would continue to touch on a variety of other topics and we look forward to having him back when all of this coronavirus talk is behind us!

To hear Lou Weinkam’s full conversation with Nestor, listen here: