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Local Restaurants, Small Businesses Cope with Pandemic Slowdown

Crown Republic (provided)
Crown Republic (provided)

Mandated social distancing has impacted local main streets, forcing the closure of non-essential retail businesses and limiting restaurants to carryout or delivery options only.

The restrictions created by the national, state and local governments' attempts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have brought to a halt what was a nascent resurgence of local downtown areas.

Popular restaurants on both sides of the Ohio River are reacting differently, with some opting for carryout or delivery options, while others shutter altogether.

Meanwhile, in downtown Covington, the city center has spent the past decade reestablishing itself as an important commercial hub in Northern Kentucky, with trendy shops, a boutique hotel, upscale lofts and destination dining establishments.

But like many main streets across the country now, traffic is slow.

Joining Cincinnati Edition are Sleepy Bee Café Executive Chef France Kroner; Crown Republic Gastropub and Losanti Chef and Owner Anthony Citek; and Otto'sFrida and Larry's Owner Paul Weckman, and Renaissance Covington executive director Nick Wade.

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