Roopa Mosuganti is a longtime Floridian who owns a restaurant called Jai Ho Royale Indian Cuisine with her husband in Tampa, Florida.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they had to furlough all of their staff and switched to takeout and delivery only.
Their restaurant reopened for dine-in on May 29 — and the very next day, parts of their business were destroyed and looted during the citywide protests surrounding George Floyd’s death.
This experience has been particularly hard on Mosuganti and her family, but they say they stand in solidarity with the protesters and will continue to support their community.
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My name is Roopa Mosuganti and I’ve been living in Florida since 2006. I currently live in Tampa, Florida with my husband, Raman, and my 10-month-old son, Dhruv Noah. We’ve owned the Jai Ho Royale Indian Cuisine Restaurant for the past 10 years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly devastating for our family business
When the pandemic first hit, we weren’t sure how it would impact our business. We didn’t know how long it would take to contain the community spread of the virus. In the first few days of the stay-at-home order set by our mayor, we received a lot of takeout orders through Amazon Prime, Uber Eats, and DoorDash. Soon after, however, business became really slow, and we had to furlough a lot of our staff. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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