Black Restaurant Week in Jacksonville: Surviving the pandemic

Laurie Jarvis, co-owner of Cool Moose Cafe on Park Street, talks with customers Wednesday morning at the popular Riverside neighborhood breakfast and lunch restaurant.

Perseverance, faith, hard work and community support, Jacksonville Black restaurant owners say, has sustained them through the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

Business has gotten better, but recovery won’t happen until food prices stabilize, supply chain disruptions end and they’re able to fully staff their restaurants, food trucks and catering enterprises.

Resiliency, however, has taken them toward recovery even if the industry never goes back to the way it was before the pandemic.

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“I wouldn’t say we’re in a recovery phase. I think the hospitality industry is going to have to reinvent itself. I think we’re in a stage of reinventing, re-imagining how this industry is going to be,” Laurie Jarvis, co-owner of Cool Moose Cafe, told The Times-Union.

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