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Restaurant Gets New Life, Opens During COVID-19

Though many small businesses have gone under in the midst of COVID-19 one local restaurant just opened its doors.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 9:33 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 9:03 AM

In a time when most business owners are wondering if keeping the doors open is worth it, one Tri-State family is taking a leap of faith.

El Cerrito Mexican Grill in Princeton, IN, opened Friday, and despite pandemic concerns, business was better than expected.

"The last business was really slow so we did think about it, but luckily everything has been turning out great so far," said owner Adrian Lizcano.

It's a small business in a small town, so regulars under the restaurant's previous owner have been making their way out to show their support.

One Princeton resident said it's important now more than ever to support local businesses, so that's why she's been out three times since it opened.

"They have kind of remodeled the place and I think this looks great and they have great service and we know some of them personally," said Doris, a loyal long-time customer of the previous business.

She said the pandemic has been hard on many businesses she knows, but she's glad this one was given new life.

"I'm glad to be able to support local businesses and I think if they don't give them a chance to stay open, well that's pretty bad."

And while the pandemic continues to affect the way business is run, the new owners are looking up -- excited for the second chance.

"For now, there's a lot of people that don't want to go out because of the pandemic," Lizcano said. "There's people that get a lot of to-go orders, but I think right now we're doing pretty good."

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