Trying to get by: Korean Village Restaurant, a popular establishment in Bloor Street West, has been struggling in recent months due to the current health crisis, according to the Toronto Sun.
A family of Korean immigrants opened the restaurant in 1978 and, through the decades, became a popular destination for Korean food across Toronto.
Celebrities such as Sandra Oh, Jackie Chan and chef Susur Lee have visited the restaurant, CBC reported.
Korea Village was among the businesses heavily impacted when COVID-19 hit because it was difficult to deliver many of the food items on their menu, such as the large, shared dishes or sizzling stone-bowl soups.
Jason Lee, who currently owns and manages the restaurant, lamented that he had to lay off most of his staff.
Even with restaurants and indoor dining restrictions lifting, Lee wasn’t too optimistic about the restaurant’s chances as customers weren’t coming in as he hoped.
“I can’t imagine being able to survive very long given the current circumstances,” he was quoted as saying.
Helping hand: Since the start of the pandemic, over 30 small businesses have closed in Koreatown. With Korean Village on the brink of shutting down, Andrew Oporto, a frequent customer and a longtime friend of Lee’s, offered to help.
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