Restrictions expire, but challenges remain for many businesses

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Fifteen months ago, the city of Cynthiana was under the microscope in Kentucky. The community was the first to have a positive COVID-19 case.

Since March 6, 2020, the ambitious business owners who filled up downtown storefronts have faced unique challenges we will hopefully never see again.

As the restrictions expire, LEX 18 returned to Cynthiana to check on two restaurants we followed throughout the pandemic and found that while we may be on the other side, challenges do remain.

Biancke’s Restaurant first opened in 1894. The owners have changed, but the establishment has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, and now, two pandemics.

“There’s a lot more foot traffic in here now. It’s nice to see the faces that we’ve missed this whole year,” said Jon Gruchow, the owner of Biancke’s Restuarant.

Old and new businesses have faced the same challenges since March 2020

“We have had every transformation possible it seems like….

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