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Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

1 month ago   |   By My Sanantonio

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon.
That was just before the coronavirus struck suddenly, forcing them to close. But in May, as authorities eased safety and social-distancing rules, Hungry Pants reopened at smaller capacity, fueled by hope, hand sanitizer and a government loan.
Now, a spike in confirmed viral cases is making Conicella and Marin anxious about the future...
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