FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A number of Fort Wayne restaurants were forced to make tough decisions to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, some deciding to close their doors. Two Fort Wayne favorites are open once again, the 07 Pub opened up on Wednesday and on Friday, Bravas welcomed back customers.
Bravas owner Bo Gonzalez says it was the right decision to close their doors in July 2020, but it wasn't an easy decision, saying "It was like one of the hardest decisions of my life."
COVID-19 slashed their sales and switching to carry out only wasn't enough to keep their doors open, "We just didn't really see a clear way out of it," Gonzalez said.
He says the time off, though, gave them direction.
"Having the time off to reflect and kind of figure out what's really important to us has been great," Gonzalez explained. "We're really excited about the direction we're headed right now."
That direction will look different. They'll still be down on Fairfield, but they're taking it back to their roots. Dishing out dogs and slinging burgers for carry-out from their hot dog cart and food truck three days a week, and they're only taking online pre-orders.
On their first day, they sold out in less than an hour, customers making it clear they're excited Bravas is back
"I'm excited, like I said, for Bo and just excited that they're going to give it a go in whatever way they can," customer Sarah Thompson said.
Customer Katie Jo says she's happy they're back as well, saying "I love what Bo's doing. I love that they use local produce, so they're keeping their money in our community and they're just a staple in Fort Wayne. It's the coolest place in Fort Wayne."
Soon, they'll do a regular route in their food truck and be present at festivals, hoping to make enough money for a new building in the future, but for now, Gonzalez says it's good to see the support after so many months.
"It's been cool to see all of the customers showing their support and being very encouraging," Gonzalez said.
To see Bravas' menu and place an order, click here.
The hours of operation are as follows
5pm - 8pm Thursdays
5pm - 8pm Fridays
12pm - 3pm Saturdays