On March 16, the in-person meals officially closed at 8 p.m. Taladwat on Ninth Avenue set up a table giving all of its food to anyone passing by as the owners closed for a few weeks to reassess.
“Assess the situation with a clear mind, then see what we can do,” said co-owner Brian Ghaw.
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Taladwat had common seats with family style dishes, so adjustments had to be made.
“Rotate our operations, our structure in the kitchen and also our menu to be a little easier to deliver,” said Ghaw.
Ghaw said that for a while takeout was doing pretty well, but high delivery app fees, among other reasons, took their toll.
« [We] We started to see our sales level off a bit, then drop, then eat out, which was a nice boost for about a week or two, then the same situation, ”Ghaw said.
Normally about 60 diners inside and outside the restaurant could only seat 10.
The closure of Broadway was probably the biggest blow to the business. There were no crowds before or after dinner.
“Without Broadway returning until at least 2021, there really was no way to keep it going,” Ghaw said.
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Taladwat, which opened two years ago to rave reviews from food critics, was even featured on a segment of CBS2 Dining Deals in 2019. But now, like so many other restaurants in town, it wasn’t. able to pay the rent, even though her landlord was very understanding. He also received a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, but it was not enough.
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So Wednesday, all these months later, another table had come out, this time selling kitchen utensils for about a dollar. Thirty employees are now out of work. Ghaw hopes local and federal officials see the carnage.
“Don’t forget us and do something quickly because we are all waiting and running out of money and running out of time, to be honest with you,” Ghaw said.
Only time will tell who else has to put it away.
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