It’s a sign that’s been hung on an untold number of restaurants around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and loss of customers for more than a year-and-half shutting them: including Kosmos Taverna in Manchester, England.
It was, said the Manchester Evening News, the best Greek restaurant in the city and had been operating for 40 years, a favorite with students and parents but owner Loulla Astin said she couldn’t keep it going.
“The last two years with COVID-19 and all the restrictions, the business has dropped dramatically and I had to introduce money from my (savings) to keep the business afloat,” she said.
“I was getting stressed with sleepless nights, it was my health or the Kosmos. “It’s sad, you know, closing. It’s been 40 years now and it’s been very successful. People are scared to go out, which I don’t blame them (for), but I cannot keep a business afloat,” she said.
“I’ve only got five or six people working for me, but they all have mortgages and my two boys are with me. The only reason I kept it really, was for them,” she said.