As Pandemic Slows, New Businesses Coming to the Tri-State

The pandemic saw hundreds of area businesses close, but now we're seeing that tide change as dozens of new businesses open up, including Second Language in Evansville.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 5:16 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 7:52 PM

While we saw 100’s of businesses close in the tri-state during the pandemic, we are now seeing dozens of new businesses popping up all across the area.

The pandemic saw many businesses permanently close their doors due to shutdowns, restrictions, and consumers being afraid to leave their homes, but, as the vaccine reaches more and more people, our tri-state is beginning to see numerous new businesses open up, including a local bakery in downtown Evansville called second language whose owner was passionate enough to start a business despite being in a pandemic.

“The bakery was something that he really wanted to bring to Evansville, because he really wanted to show a different side of food," said Luke Kane, general manager of Second Language Bakery. "For our french donut, it takes three days to make.”

Second Language opening up just a few months ago, and even though management was confident in their business, there was still some hesitancy to open up during a pandemic that had closed down so many restaurants.

“That was definitely a little frightening, especially early on with it being January too, which is not the best month for a restaurant, as well," said Sarah Bruggman, pastry chef for Second Language Bakery. "It’s cold outside," said Sarah Bruggman, pastry chef for Second Language Bakery. It’s covid. We had all the odds stacked against us.”

But as we’ve gotten further and further into 2021, Second Language has seen an improvement in business.

“It was always a relief to see a couple of people outside," said Bruggman. "As the weather warms up, and we get our other restaurant opened, there’s a lot of hope that things will continue to increase like we’ve been seeing.”

FC Tucker Commercial Reality said they’ve seen a steady increase in interest in commercial reality as we slowly get out of the pandemic, and Second Language is excited they’re not the only new business in town.

“You know, there’s a lot of other new businesses," said Kane. "A lot of new development that are coming down here and bringing more eyes to downtown, so the opportunity to flourish alongside our neighbors down here is exciting.”

As we get further out of the pandemic, FC Tucker expects to see even more new businesses popping up.

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