More restaurants close in face of COVID-19 business downturn

Kitchen Lingo in Hagatna will close next month.

More businesses on Guam are shuttering their doors in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kadu and Kitchen Lingo are closing as of August 15.

Lenny Fejeran, the restaurant’s owner, told K57’s Patti Arroyo Thursday morning, that they made the announcement to their staff Wednesday this week.

Fejeran says this is particularly hard because he and his wife Pika also had to close Little Pika’s during the pandemic due to the reduced foot traffic in Tumon.

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He said there’s simply just not enough business to sustain their restaurants and no business model is based on 30 to 50 percent capacity.

Fejeran says the hardest part is letting go of their employees who have been the heart and soul of the operation since day one. He said they’re trying to help them out as much as possible.

Pika’s Cafe in Tamuning is still open and will remain open. However, Fejeran said they’ll be making changes to keep it sustainable.

During the pandemic, Lenny and his wife Pika donated hundreds of meals to families in need at their Kadu restaurants and were named “COVID Heroes” by the Governor at her press conference.