Businesses continue to struggle as Illinois reopens with Phase 5

For Justin Taylor, owner of JT Walker’s Restaurant & Brewery in Mahomet, Illinois, the pandemic meant facing numerous challenges to his business before ultimately closing it down after 12 years of operation. 

“This is a day I hoped would never come. But here we are,” wrote Taylor on the business’s Facebook page on Dec. 9.

“It is with tears in my eyes and a hole in my heart that I’m writing to inform our beloved customers and friends that Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, will be the final day we are open at JT Walker’s Restaurant & Brewery.” 

Taylor’s business is one of the many small businesses that closed due to the pandemic. 

Empty tables sit inside JT Walker’s Restaurant & Brewery in Mahomet, Illinois before opening to customers in June 2020. (Photo Courtesy of JT Walker’s Restaurant & Brewery Facebook)

Back in January, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce listed 35 businesses that closed due to coronavirus. In mid-2020, a survey…

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