Perseverance helped local cafe rebound after pandemic forced it to close

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – A restaurant had to shut down a month after opening because of the pandemic. But one year later, the owner says she’s doing well because of perseverance.

Carla’s Corner Cafe is a sandwich and dessert place located on Main Street in Columbiana.

Owner Carla Brown said it was difficult when she had to close down and had concerns about when she could reopen.

“And then, all of sudden, out of the clear blue, just at the drop of a hat, everything had to be closed down. I wasn’t sure. I know a lot of businesses didn’t survive and I didn’t know what it was going to be like when I came back. Even I was going to have a chance to come back,” Brown said.

When she was allowed to reopen in May 2021, Brown had to follow many restrictions.

“My thought was, do I take a few baby steps or do I just jump in? So my thought was, this might be my only opportunity, and I didn’t want to have any regrets,” Brown said.

Carla’s Corner Cafe is located in the same building as Olde Clutter’d Corner Antiques. The owners of both places came up with using the doors as dividers at the bar.

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