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Coronavirus Woes Close Decades-Old Diner In Brooklyn


BROOKLYN, NY — #An iconic #Dekalb #Avenue diner could be the latest restaurant casualty to the coronavirus crisis.

#Mega #Bites diner — which has sat near #Vanderbilt #Avenue for decades — announced on #Christmas #Eve that it would be closing indefinitely after holding out hope for the recently-passed federal relief package or a rent break.

“#We hoped this next COVID 19 relief bill would have provided some MEANINGFUL NON LOAN assistance for restaurants and other small businesses but unfortunately it does not. #We’ve also hoped that our landlord would have accepted a significant reduction in rent but he has not,” the restaurant wrote on its #Facebook page.

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“#Given the significant drop in business due to the pandemic, we have been losing money since #March and we can no longer continue to financially support this business under the false promise of ‘help’ being ‘right around the corner.'”

The $900-billion relief package includes a re-start of the #Paycheck #Protection #Program, or the loan program meant to help small businesses, but #Mega #Bites is not alone in its critique that the loans will not be enough to save the restaurant industry.

The diner is also among a large swath of #New #York #City restaurant struggling with rent. A whopping 88 percent of the city’s eateries couldn’t pay their full rent in #October, according to a study.

#Like many restaurants, the diner, a #Black-owned business, had started a #GoFundMe over the summer.

“#Owning #While #Black is a ‘thing,'” owners wrote at the time. “#Any monies raised will be used to help offset not only the obvious drop in business but the not-so-obvious additional costs incurred because racism is truly systemic and expensive for black business to defend against.”

The fundraiser, which is still active, raised about $4,000 of its $100,000 goal.



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https://patch.com/new-york/bed-stuy/coronavirus-woes-closes-decades-old-diner-brooklyn

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