Florida restaurant owner fighting for his life after COVID


Nino Pernetti, owner of Caffe Abbracci, left, stands at the restaurant in Coral Gables, Fla., on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Pernetti celebrates 30 years in the restaurant business. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)


Everyone thought it odd when Nino Pernetti called the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2020, to say he was skipping the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at his landmark Coral Gables restaurant of more than 30 years, Caffe Abbracci.

He injured his ankle while playing his daily round of tennis, he told his friends, family and staff at the restaurant where athletes, actors and politicians dine in anonymity. The doctor, he said, instructed him to put up his leg and rest it for a week.

“We should have known better,” his ex-wife Marlén Pernetti said. “Nino would not miss Caffe Abbracci on a 31st. He would’ve shown up on crutches.”

Days later,

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Popular Sacramento restaurants close as COVID omicron spreads

Well-known restaurants around Sacramento are temporarily closing, eliminating indoor dining and taking other drastic steps amid the COVID-19 omicron variant’s rapid spread.

Patrick Mulvaney spoke at a March 2021 press conference to ring in restaurant employees’ vaccine eligibility, encouraging his peers to get theirs. Everyone at Mulvaney and his wife Bobbin’s midtown restaurant, Mulvaney’s B&L, tested negative for the virus last Friday.

By Tuesday morning, enough staff had tested positive that Mulvaney’s B&L shut down for the rest of the week.

“We are disheartened, frustrated and angry but this is the right thing to do for everyone,” Mulvaney’s B&L said in a Facebook post. “This picture from 2005 gives us hope, you can see my old man in the photo behind the chair. Once when times were tough he told me to get over it (by saying) “When I was in high school we were fighting in Europe and

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COVID concerns force Twin Cities restaurants to cut holiday season short

As the omicron variant intensifies, so do the woes of Twin Cities-area restaurants.

A rash of positive COVID cases had many high-profile restaurants choosing to temporarily close over the lucrative New Year’s holiday weekend. That includes Owamni, the Minneapolis riverfront destination that landed on best-restaurant lists nationwide, including the Star Tribune’s.

“Out of an abundance of caution to our staff and guests we have made the decision to close a few days early before our January break,” read a statement on the restaurant’s website. “The health of our staff and community is paramount and we chose to be on the side of safety and well-being.”

Owners Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson are taking precautions a step further, requiring proof of vaccination to dine at the restaurant when it reopens Jan. 19.

But, as several hospitality business owners point out, choosing whether to stay open, close, require masks or

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Restaurants Nationwide Close Temporarily As Staff Test Positive for COVID

Restaurants are suddenly in a situation not dissimilar to that of the early pandemic, as the omicron variant of coronavirus sweeps the the country: Case counts are shockingly high, staff and guests are testing positive, and restaurants — the responsible ones, at least — are choosing to close while staff are tested. Restaurants that would otherwise be experiencing some of their most profitable weeks are being forced to reckon with COVID surges. Again.

In New York, where new COVID cases are nearing their highest daily rate since the onset of the pandemic, restaurants started closing in droves during the week of December 13. Now, it’s impossible to scroll Instagram without coming across a post from a favorite restaurant announcing a temporary closure. In some cases staff are testing positive, and in others, it’s diners who have spent prolonged time in the confines of a restaurant’s dining room before discovering they

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