After a devastating 2020 that saw some of its establishments – including DeStarr’s, which had been in business for 80 years – close their doors for good, West Chester’s restaurants are now looking forward to a better 2021, writes Edwin Malet for County Lines Magazine.
Last year, nearly all restaurants had to modify their formats to accommodate the new safety measures. Masks were required, tables distanced, and the number of diners was reduced with kitchens having to shift more to preparing takeout.
But it was outdoor dining in the summer and fall that helped save many restaurants. Gift cards also helped.
Limoncello is one of the restaurants that managed to weather the storm with the help of its “loyal following” and “repeat business,” said co-owners Frank Mingrino and Patrick Barrenechea. They are hopeful about the future, especially once the weather improves.
Bar Avalon’s John Brandt-Lee, who has been serving customers for two decades, is watching his bottom line carefully each week, and he remains optimistic about the future.
Read more about West Chester’s restaurants in County Lines Magazine here.