Latinx restaurant owners struggle to stay afloat amid coronavirus crisis – NBC News

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By Nicole Acevedo

It’s a new normal for New York City restaurant owner Sonia Henriquez, as the city that never sleeps has come to a virtual standstill amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a reality she’s never seen in her life, she said, full of fear and uncertainty.

Every 15 to 20 minutes, her staff is disinfecting the tables, chairs, floors and doorknobs at Floridita, the 24-hour restaurant she has owned for over 16 years in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan.

“Most of my clients were people that have been coming here daily for years to either get breakfast on their …