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Optimistic Restaurateur Opens During Stay At Home Restrictions

Apr 6, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing businesses to close their doors -- some temporarily and others for good. But one Peoria business owner recently decided to brave the uncertainty and opened his doors for the first time.

When restaurant owner Tan Dang began drafting plans for a new Vietnamese sandwich shop in Peoria, he did not anticipate his grand opening coinciding with a global pandemic. Nevertheless, Dang remains optimistic. He says they are using this slower period to ease into things by focusing on training and developing routines.

He says he hoped for a big grand opening for Dang Bánh Mi and Poké ... located on Main Street about a block away from Bradley University. But now he's just grateful for local support. He’s seeing foot traffic for carry out, and he’s getting reviews and support on social media.

Dang says he's staying open daily for carry-out orders. He’s optimistic that once the restaurant restrictions end and people can dine-in again, his Vietnamese sandwiches, traditional Hawaiian rice bowls, and bubble tea will attract a younger crowd.

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