‘Out of options’: Sask. restaurants closing, scrambling due to effects of COVID-19 – CBC

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‘Out of options’: Sask. restaurants closing, scrambling due to effects of COVID-19 – CBC

by tmnationtalk on January 20, 202251 Views

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Jan 20, 2022

In November 2009, Chris Plumb sat on the tile floor of an empty building with a pencil, sketching his dreams for what would become The Mercury Cafe & Grill on a napkin. His promise to keep it open, whatever the cost, has stretched his finances thin during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He’s come to a point that he might have to break his promise. He suggested The Mercury could close by the end of February.

“It could potentially mean bankruptcy for me,” he said.

Plumb, the owner of the retro diner in Regina’s Cathedral area, is one of many restaurants in Saskatchewan and across Canada who have faced the prospect of closing their doors because of pandemic impacts.

“I’ve exhausted pretty much every other means: grants, loans from the bank, the federal loans,” Plumb said.

He made a call to customers as a last resort, hoping the support of patrons can help with another push through the pandemic.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-restaurants-closing-covid-19-1.6320815

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