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Tallahassee sees new restaurants opening despite COVID-19 uncertainties

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 17:24:25-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Rising COVID-19 cases and an unemployment rate of nearly eight percent have Tallahassee business owners taking the plunge - and still opening their doors despite the odds.

Yasou's Cafe on Capital Circle opened on Election Day.

The cafe owner says this year has been filled with uncertainty, but he and other owners aren't letting that get in the way of their careers.

"We have a blessing so far," said Jorge Maximos, who runs Yasou's Cafe.

Yasou's Cafe is a new Mediterranean restaurant that opened in November at the Southwood Village Plaza.

Maximos says they would've gotten to work a lot earlier if it wasn't for the coronavirus.

"It's just hard," said Maximos. "It took us a while to open because it was a challenge to do the construction during COVID. We had to do the construction right before COVID happened."

Across town, owners at Chow Town were battling similar issues, four times the anguish.

"The construction job took four years to finish," said Johhny Nguyen, the owner of Chow Town.

"We had faith that we would make it happen," Maximos said.

They aren't the only ones that just opened.

Chuck's Fish and Seafood, Naantheless, and District 850 also celebrated grand openings this fall.