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Tallahassee restaurants open on Christmas for the first time

Trying to keep business open into the new year
Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 18:18:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee businesses are keeping their doors open on Christmas for the first time.

Reangthai Thai owner Donna Mulsing said the pandemic has hit her business hard.

She's been open in Tallahassee for 23 years, but worries she won't make it to 24 years.

When the pandemic first started, she said curbside orders kept her business going, but for the past four months, it's been down by 40 percent.

Mulsing said dine-in has also been down by 80 percent.

"We're lucky if we get a few tables every shift," Mulsing's employee Sarah Dowling said.

Mulsing said she use to have 4 employees every shift, but now it's just her in the back cooking and cleaning, with one person in the front of house.

"She's been here for 23 years, and she does an amazing job," Dowling said. "We really need the support to be able to get her to 24 years."

Up the street from Reangthai Thai, Little Paris Tallahassee is also keeping their doors open for the holiday.

"I know a lot of people are stuck at the house, not being able to travel this year," Little Paris Manager Taylor Watson said.

Watson said this is their first year open on Christmas, but they're excited to spend the holidays with some of their favorite customers.

"Little Paris is definitely and little family," Watson said. "We're such a small staff that getting to spend Christmas together is actually really nice."

Reangthai Thai will be open on Christmas Day from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Little Paris Tallahassee will be open on Christmas Day for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.