LIMA — It is quiet in Meat City at 2 a.m., save for the adult contemporary music coming through the speakers. Tonight, Krystal Holliday is manning the store, helping customers in the 24-hour drive-through lane while doing prep work in advance of the morning crew’s arrival.
Holliday has already turned off the “chicken coop,” where hot meal items such as fried chicken, wings and potato wedges are available for sale during the day.
“I normally shut it off about 1 o’clock and let it cool down a little so I can take the pans out,” she said.
Along with washing the pans for the next morning, Holliday tries to make sure that all the stock on the shelves is neat and organized, along with cleaning and sanitizing the cappuccino machine, all while listening for the alarm telling her that someone has arrived in the drive-through. Tonight, a customer came through for three bags of Doritos and some Faygo Moon Mist, with another customer arriving shortly after for some cigarillos.
“It keeps me busy, even on slower nights,” she said. “We’ve still got our regular customers. We stop selling beer at 1 a.m., but tonight, I didn’t really start slowing down until 1:30.”
With the customers served and on their way, Holliday goes back to the cappuccino machine and her regular routine, keeping busy until her shift ends at 7 a.m.