DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) - Restaurants having to close their doors to dine-in customers has led to some small businesses closing their doors for good.
“Ask any restaurant owner, or small business owner, you are worried about your future,” said Angie Bracey, Angel’s Bakery and Cafe owner. “We are looking at a lot of revenue lost due to catering events being canceled and business meetings that aren't taking place.”
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Angel’s Bakery and Cafe made the announcement on Facebook that the restaurant will be closing indefinitely on April, 1.
“This is truly our busiest time of the year,” Bracey said. “We do a third of our annual business at this time of year because of all the events that are typically going on. Being canceled I didn't feel like there was going to be any turn around after this.”
Bracey said the most difficult part of the decision was having to say goodbye to members of the staff.
“The worst and probably hardest part that I waited so long to do was to lay some people off,” Bracey said. “I didn't want to let anyone go.”
Bracey said she is thankful she was renting the space used to house Angel’s Bakery on a month by month basis.
She said she expects more businesses to be closing in the future and that business owners with long-term options may have a difficult time coming to a solution.
“I don't know how we could have increased our revenue during this time,” Bracey said. “People are just doing what they are supposed to and staying in.”
Don Hall’s Guesthouse Hotel & Conference Center announced on Facebook Sunday afternoon that they would also be ceasing operations due to COVID-19.
The announcement is specific to the hotel complex and does not indicate any closures of Don Hall’s restaurant properties at this time.
Angel’s Bakery and Cafe will remain open for carry-out orders as long as supplies last.
Bracey will remain taking preorders for bakery items throughout the month of April.
She encourages anyone looking for one last treat to call ahead.
“That's what we are trying to do is just accommodate everybody that wants to come and get one last taste of their favorite treat,” Bracey said.