ROCKFORD — A downtown restaurant that features Mediterranean cuisine and celebrated its one-year anniversary in June will close Sept. 30.
“COVID-19 has another casualty,” owner Ronit Golan said in a post Thursday on the Facebook page for Ronit’s Kitchen, which is located inside Indoor City Market, 116 N. Madison St., and serves foods such as homemade falafel, chicken schwarma and schnitzel.
“Roni and I tried to keep our doors open and serve the public the best we could during this unprecedented time,” she said, referring to her husband, Roni Golan, who operates a downtown art studio.
Restaurants and other businesses were shut down in March in Illinois to prevent spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, and were allowed to reopen in May for outdoor dining. Inside dining was later allowed with restrictions on the number of customers. The disease spreads through droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or talking.
Other downtown eateries have closed as a result of the pandemic, including Stewart Square Eatery and Kuma’s Asian Bistro. Social Urban Bar & Restaurant is no longer open for dining but hosts private events.
“I hope that in the near future after the dust from the closing settles we will keep serving you,” Ronit Golan said. She said she hopes to offer catering in the future.
Golan is encouraging customers to order food at the restaurant in the coming weeks. “Now is the right time to show us your support as we were hit very hard financially,” she said.
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