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Pandemic impacts: Hink's Bar & Grille in Sycamore to close for 'next few weeks, or couple months'

SYCAMORE – Another downtown Sycamore establishment announced Monday it will close its doors for an undetermined amount of time due to the impacts on business from the COVID-19 pandemic, and marks the third in a week to make that decision.

Hink’s Bar & Grille, 123 S. California St. in Sycamore, announced Monday in a Facebook post that the restaurant “will unfortunately be closing for the next few weeks, or couple months, time frame is uncertain at this time.”

The restaurant’s owners thanked the community for their support “during these tough times.”

“We look forward to seeing everyone when we eventually re-open,” the Facebook post stated. “Again, thanks for all the local support. Continue to support your local Sycamore businesses as long as you can. Hang in there, we’ll all get through this.”

The announcement comes after another downtown Sycamore business,The Pantry Cafe, announced Friday it would close for good due to the COVID-19 crisis, and Sunday’s announcement by Taxco Mexican Cuisine that it will temporarily close beginning Nov. 14 “until further notice.”

Cases of the viral respiratory disease are record-breaking in DeKalb County, the latest with 120 cases reported Friday, and marks a fall surge being felt across the state and country.

Mitigations mandated by Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health began Oct. 3 as a result of rising cases, with restaurants and bars bearing the brunt of strict shutdowns in the geographical health area known as Region 1. Since Oct. 3, bars and restaurants have been prohibited from allowing indoor dining, and are also limited to groups of 10 or fewer, with tables limited to six or fewer for outdoor dining.

Pushback from local business owners has been strong across both DeKalb County and the region, with many declaring further shutdowns would mean the end of their livelihoods.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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