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San Luis Restaurant Owner Says Business Has Survived During Pandemic

The manager of Panchita’s Restaurant and Bakery, a Mexican restaurant in San Luis, Ariz. says the business has survived during the COVID-19 pandemic. With new health and safety measures in place, they’ve reopened. 

Like most restaurants in Yuma County, Panchita’s closed its dining room and moved to take out and delivery orders only in March when the pandemic began.

On July 26, they opened their doors to clients again. Now there are only two tables available inside and only three people are allowed to line up inside the restaurant to order. Masks are required except while eating and clear protective screens have been placed at the counter.

"As long as cases continue, the restaurant will continue to operate safely to serve our customers," assistant manager Georgina Escamilla said.

The summer months are typically slower but Escamilla says they will serve farmworkers when the ag season resumes- at a distance, of course.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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