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Waxahachie restaurants took various approaches

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected restaurants in Waxahachie in different ways depending on their location, food-genre and business model.

Restaurants faced capacity restrictions, economic strains and constant changes in health policies with mixed help from the government, issues which President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign addresses on its website. Waxahachie restaurants are no exception and many are still struggling to recover from the unique ways they have been hurt since the United States first went into lockdown in March of 2020.

“My business is completely different than it was two years ago, but you adapt and keep going. I think downtown is just kind of down overall,” said Chris Wilkinson, owner of local old-fashioned soda and candy shop Farm Luck Soda Fountain.

Wayne Strickland, owner of College Street Pub, voices a similar sentiment.

“All of the restaurant businesses downtown were doing their best to hang on,” Strickland said. “It was a struggle, and some didn’t make it.”