CHICO, Calif. -- The Sin of Cortez in Chico is holding on to hope during the open, closes and unknown that the pandemic brings.
“Now that we are going into our fourth, fifth month of this, I’m going to cry,” said owner of Sin of Cortez Danielle Ius. “I miss it. I miss customers. I miss normalcy, all of it.”
Ius has been dealing with it all since March.
“I’m just trying to keep all the costs down, our labor down, food wastes,” said Ius. “We are doing everything we can to make it more efficient.”
Ius says overall the restaurant is down in sales by about 40%, but that number fluctuates. She says she chooses not to look at the percentages because it is out of her control.
Ius says she received two loans, but they were not enough and it is still unclear if they will be forgiven.
Sin of Cortez is doing to-go, drive thru or walk thru orders to stay afloat.
Ius tells me an outdoor patio expansion is in the works and should be open by September.
“I’ve got local businesses that are helping me navigate through this patio,” said Ius. “They understand the struggles we are going through. In fact the contractor asked me what my budget was and I said ‘cheap.’
The owner says despite the hardships and financial struggles, her main concern is her employees and customers.
"I’m confident Sin of Cortez will make it through this. I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but for every customer that supports us, I’m so grateful for. It gets us one step closer to opening,” said Ius.
The Sin of Cortez is open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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