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Colorado Springs restaurants trying to survive the pandemic and overcome financial hurdles

The owner of The Rabbit Hole restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs have decided to...
The owner of The Rabbit Hole restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs have decided to temporarily shut down.(Robbie Reynold)
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 8:04 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Restaurants in Colorado Springs are doing everything they can to survive the pandemic. For one restaurant downtown, that means closing their doors.

The Rabbit Hole is shutting down temporarily. Owner Joseph Campana expects it to last three to four months.

“Prices are going up. There’s less people out in the streets now. And at 25 percent occupancy, we just can’t maintain at,” Campana said.

Campana says it is better for him to close down for a certain time period, than constantly close and re-open based on the changes in current restrictions.

Restaurants are only allowed 25 percent occupancy in El Paso County under the current COVID restrictions.

Some owners have decided to stay open, like James Africano, who owns Warehouse COS.

“We’re coming up on what would generally be the busiest six weeks of the year for us,” Africano said. “Between Thanksgiving and the -- and the first of the year. And that has been completely, you know, diminished. It’s -- it’s pretty much gone.”

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