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New restaurant worries what COVID-19 closure will mean for the future

Updated: March 24, 2020 07:10 PM

Matt "Bert" Berthiaume has been working in the restaurant business since he was 13. "I love the pace, I love meeting new people. I love to cook," he told us.

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He opened his new restaurant, The Social House, up in Hermantown last summer. "We were just beginning to build momentum," he lamented on Tuesday. 

His doors have been shuttered because of COVID-19. He's encouraged his 13 employees to apply for unemployment. "We are keeping our heads up, but we don't know how long this will last. People buying gift cards has been very helpful. And we'll evaluate our options if the closure goes on longer."

For now, he's cooking at home. "We'll get through this."

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