LONG VALLEY, NJ — Lisa Rutigliano is not afraid to take risks. But the Bergen County native may not have taken the leap to open her healthy bakery without the rather unanticipated intervention of the coronavirus.
“I had to make an extremely hard decision if I was going to go back to the restaurant or try to create something of my own,” Rutigliano told Patch. “I thought about it every day during the early stages of quarantine and had many concerns as far as not having a stable income, relying on an economy during a pandemic, and leaving a restaurant I worked so hard for.”
COVID-19 shut down restaurants in March, when Gov. Phil Murphy closed restaurants to indoor dining. Rutigliano was working at James on Main in Hackettstown when the news came.
“My last day at James on Main was March 15, the day all restaurants had to close