GLASTONBURY, Conn. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does its impact on small businesses.
The recent closing is not the first battle the pizzeria had during the pandemic.
In March 2020, the previous owners of the shop closed due to personal reasons, the Facebook page said.
Between then and August 2020, new owners bought the shop.
With an official announcement that the pizzeria would reopen in Sept. 2020, the new owners said they were keeping the same recipes and menu, along with a few new additions.
But, pandemic challenges would roll around once more for the pizzeria.
On Wednesday, Harry's announced they will be closing their doors permanently "barring a miracle" by Sunday.
Glastonbury residents commented on the closing announcement, expressing their sorrow that the pizzeria was another loss in the face of the pandemic.
Harry's Pizza is not the only Connecticut restaurant or small business to suffer in the last two years.
The Public Market, a Middletown staple, closed its doors permanently in February 2021, citing stresses from the pandemic. The Italian deli and grocery had no choice but to close its doors after being in operation since 1915.
Banh Meee in Hartford had to close its Capitol Avenue location in November 2020 as the restaurant had to change ownership, also due to pandemic struggles.
Blind Pig Pizza Co. in Hartford, part of the Bear's Restaurant Group, announced its closure in September 2021.
Carbone's Ristorante in Hartford is counting on a spring reopening after they were forced to shutter their business in March 2020.
Restaurants, breweries, and Connecticut lawmakers are calling on the U.S. Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
“There are probably another 2,000 restaurants, breweries and others who need this money and I'm going to make it a bipartisan priority,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said at a recent news conference.
Blumenthal said it would take an appropriations bill to get that funding through.
Sadly, the funds may be too late for restaurants like Harry's.
Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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