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Gordos Owner Satisfied With Take Out, Says Restaurants Woes Will Get Worse Amid COVID-19 Shutdown

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Over the weekend Tallahassee residents participated in Rally for Tally, a campaign to support curbside pickup at local restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants have been one of the harder hit industries. 

Local restaurant owner Eddie Agramonte spoke about how business is going.

Agramonte is the owner of Gordos Cuban Cuisine, a restaurant that’s been in Tallahassee since 1988. He says Saturday’s Rally for Tally was successful.

“The support from the community was absolutely fantastic," Agramonte said.

He says when DeSantis limited restaurants to 50% capacity, the idea to bring attention to curbside delivery blossomed. Last Friday, Desantis changed the rules, issuing an executive order shutting down the dine-in option completely, causing another hit to already struggling restauranteurs. 

"Right now this isn’t a time where personally, as a restaurant owner, I'm making money, I'm not making money now. But it’s not about me," Agramonte said. "This is about keeping people healthy and keeping people fed and keeping employees working."

Agramonte says if the current order put in place by Desantis last long enough, he could be forced to close.

"In the foreseeable future to be able to say I can run like this for four months, no I don’t think I can."

Gordos and other dine-in restaurants around Tallahassee are doing takeout and pickup. To figure out if a restaurant is participating visit the Office of Economic Vitality website, they have a map that shows which restaurants are open for takeout.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.