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To Dr. Mike DeCubellis, it was a chance for a good deed, times two.
A tasty one, too. Free pizza.
DeCubellis, from Maine St. Chiropractic in Downers Grove, found a unique way to pay it forward this week.
DeCubellis dialed up Skuddlebutts Pizza in Downers Grove to purchase a $100 gift card, with one stipulation – he wanted to leave it open, for other people to use.
DeCubellis posted the offer for free pizza on his dime on a Downers Grove community Facebook page, telling anyone to call Skuddlebutts, and put it on Maine St. Chiropractic's tab.
"I figured I wanted to do something to help people out, but really to also help out some of the small businesses in the area, the ones that might not have people eating out as much, or catering is not as strong," DeCubellis said. "I knew Skuddlebutts had been in the area for a while, I called them up and said 'I don't want to use it, leave it open.' Hopefully we could help people out with a free pizza, maybe brighten their day."
People's first reaction, understandably, was, surprise.
Is it real?
But once Skuddlebutts' owner confirmed that yes, it was legit, the offer has taken off.
Heidi Lockett from Skuddlebutts said about 10 people have taken advantage of the offer, and other folks have added money to the card.
"He posted it on Facebook and then a lady added to it," Lockett said. "Something like that has never happened since I've been here. It's one of the nice things about this whole pandemic is we have noticed a lot of people helping each other out."
DeCubellis has never done anything like this before, either.
"I wanted to see how it went," he said. "I told them if nobody calls and it's been a week, give me a call. I figured if we can get someone into Skuddlebutts that hasn't tried their pizza before, maybe we can create a customer long-term. I didn't see a downside."
Skuddlebutts, 440 Ogden Ave., is still open every daily from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.,with delivery and drive thru in the back. The restaurant has an offer that people can buy $125 worth of food for $100.
DeCubellis, likewise, has kept his practice open during the stay-at-home order Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced March 20 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We're trying to help as many people as we can," DeCubellis said. "We're taking all the extra precautions. The unfortunate thing is people are still hurting themselves. What I tell our staff is, with so many people getting sick, if we can something to take the load off hospitals, we should. Somebody falls and hurts their arm, they should not be going to the ER and overloading them. They're putting themselves at risk. It's the least I can do to help out."