When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down restaurants and bars throughout Oregon, Bargeway Pub & Catering in The Dalles was among the many "nonessential" establishments closing their doors. Live music, restaurant dining, happy hours and more fell abruptly silent.

Yet their doors didn’t stay closed long — emergency personnel at medical facilities, fire stations and elsewhere still needed to eat, and Bargeway co-owners Stephen and Stacey Kane landed a contract to prepare and deliver meals to 450 essential workers in The Dalles.