FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- For people who have nowhere or no one on Christmas Day, it can be lonely.
Many restaurants close their doors on Dec. 25 to give employees a chance to be with family.
Waynedale Cafe stays open every year because, for them, working is being with family.
Owners Brisa Vera and Jonathan Agudo say everyone who works at the Cafe is a relative.
They’re of Mexican descent, and their menu showcases a mix of their roots and classic American foods.
“It’s a lot of fun. Especially working with family. We’re always together as a family, we always have family time,” Agudo said.
They partnered with Agudo’s mother in 2016 and took ownership.
The 26 and 27-year-olds say their loved ones make being young business owners doable.
Being open on Christmas is a tradition.
"We have a lot of customers who don’t have family or are single, so they like to come here and see our family. We also have a lot of families who it’s part of the tradition to come into the cafe and hang out with us,” Vera said.
Servers Ashley and Kimberly Campos have been working at the Cafe since they were 13 years old.
The twins say they appreciate the community’s generosity, especially on Christmas.
“People are definitely a little more generous around this time, so you do make a little bit more,” Campos said.
They say some regulars have watched them grow up from little girls into young women.
“I think people knowing us. The community knowing who we are. They have been a big support,” she said.
They say working with family, they can get on each other’s nerves. But at the end of the day, they go home and love each other.