The economic shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous store and restaurant closings across the country.
And it’s taken its toll on Citrus County small-business owners, many of whom were forced to close in recent months for lack of business.
But that’s not the story with La Casa di Norma in Crystal River. The former owners of the Italian restaurant had long sought to retire and sell the place. Not only did they find a willing buyer ready to take a chance on the current economic conditions, but the new owners have already started expansion plans.
Deisy Rivas and German Perez admit their friends thought they were crazy to buy now. But they couldn’t resist the opportunity.
“I love this restaurant,” said Deisy Rivas.
Rivas said she and her husband were regulars as well at the restaurant and got to know the former owners, Licio and Norma