or the Texicana Grill, the darkest days of the pandemic weren't the worst of times.

Sales during the 2020 period increased compared with 2019 because the Bellmore restaurant stayed open and offered meals-to-go, reliable home delivery and contactless payment when others could not, said founder and chef Steven N. Scopelitis.

But two years later, on May 1, the Texicana Grill closed permanently, done in by runaway inflation as well as a scarcity of avocados, chicken and other staples. The eatery, with eight employees, had operated since June 2007.

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