Cornwall’s Tavern Struggles In Industry Hard Hit By Pandemic : NPR

Opening day brings a small bump in business to Cornwall’s, mostly from neighborhood regulars. But the initial rush would fizzle out soon after, leaving the family-owned pub just barely covering its costs.

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Few people have been looking forward to colleges reopening – and staying open — this fall, as much as the adults who run Cornwall’s Tavern in Boston’s Kenmore Square. A go-to for students and faculty at Boston University, the family-owned pub has been counting on the back-to-school crowds to help it survive. In an industry hard-hit by the pandemic, it’s a test Cornwall’s can’t afford to fail.

“It’s a frightening time,” said Pam Beale, who owns the place with her husband John. “It feels like the earth is moving under your feel all the time.”

After forty years in business, and four months shut down by the pandemic, Cornwall’s reopened

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