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Appetite: Despite Challenging Year, Gratitude Abounds for Alexandria Restaurant Owners
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Appetite: Despite Challenging Year, Gratitude Abounds for Alexandria Restaurant Owners

Noah at Mount Purrnon Cat Café.

Noah at Mount Purrnon Cat Café.

There’s no getting around the fact that this year has been an incredibly challenging one for restaurants and their owners. While at first glance, reasons for gratitude may seem to be in short supply, in actuality restaurateurs have found many things to be thankful for.

Kristin Cowan, Mount Purrnon Cat Café and Wine Bar

“We are thankful for saving lives this year! As of (Friday), 37 (cats) have gone home and four more are pending! But that is times three lives saved, as it opens up room for our rescue, as well as the kill shelters they come from!”

Gregg Linzey, The Chewish Deli

“Without a doubt, through everything going on this year with the pandemic I have been beyond thankful for the support the local community has shown my new restaurant. I tell everyone I feel like I’d be hard-pressed to find a community that has been more supportive of their local businesses through everything than Alexandria.”

Rob Krupicka, Captain Gregory’s and Elizabeth’s Counter

“I’m thankful for a great staff and very supportive customers. And also outdoor heaters and blankets!”

Michael Choi, Wooboi Chicken

“I am appreciative of my team at Wooboi Herndon and Wooboi Alexandria. I am thankful to the farms that provide us our fresh produce each and every day.”

Hope Nelson is the author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at www.kitchenrecessionista.com. Email her any time at hope@kitchenrecessionista.com.