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Unable to survive the pandemic, Andiamo Dearborn closes after 17 years

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 17:20:08-05

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group is closing one of its longstanding Andiamo locations in Dearborn after suffering major losses due to the pandemic.

Restaurants throughout the state have faced stop-and-go closures as Michigan tries to get a handle on the coronavirus. Now, after 17 years in business, the closure of Andiamo Dearborn was announced Thursday.

Michigan bars and restaurants reopened with capacity limits in early February, a move made possible after the state saw a decline in daily case counts and deaths. The reopening of restaurants also brought with it a strict curfew, with metro Detroit businesses closing doors by 10 p.m.

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Andiamo Dearborn saw $3 million in losses in less than a year. The Dearborn location will officially close on Feb. 28.

Vicari released the below statement on the Dearborn closing:

We are sad to announce that after 17 years, Andiamo Dearborn has been sold and will be closing on Sunday. This restaurant casualty is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic-related closures, capacity limits and “pauses” that have limited our ability to remain profitable.

The restaurant was completely closed for 24 weeks for indoor dining and limited to carry out only. The remainder of the year, capacity was restricted to 25%.

This past year, this restaurant alone lost over $3 million and was no longer viable. We have offered our 60 employees the option of staying on with the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group at any of our other locations.

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