Petersburg restaurant closing its doors, owner says pandemic made it hard to stay in business

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) – Charlotte’s Chicken and Waffles in Petersburg is cleaning up and clearing out after opening just three years ago. The pandemic is still having a devastating impact on area businesses, causing some to make the tough decision to close. Owner Randus Ayres said it became strikingly clear the demands of operating in a pandemic became too difficult.

“It’s bittersweet,” Ayres said. He didn’t think he’d be clearing out necessities he used in his business.

“We got a whole list of condiments over here,” he said pointing to items he’s removing from the restaurant, including food. “So it don’t go bad, I’m going to cook it up and do some donations throughout the city.”

Charlotte’s Chicken and Waffles, just down the road from Virginia State University, is closing its doors.

“I probably should’ve closed a long time ago. It was one of those things that you don’t really want to admit to you’re losing,” Ayres…

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