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Blacksburg Korean restaurant discusses opening during the pandemic

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 7:31 PM EST
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - A new restaurant is open along Main Street in Blacksburg, taking the place of Poor Billy’s.

It is a Korean barbecue restaurant called Mix Mix Korea.

The new owners Belle and Peter Binkley say even though they’re in a popular location, opening during a pandemic is not easy.

They’ve been doing takeout since they opened, to pay the bills and keep the staff safe from COVID-19.

They say there have been several challenges, but they are working to keep the legacy of Poor Billy’s going.

“This was really meant to be a dine-in restaurant. We didn’t even—you know when we started this we weren’t thinking about takeout at all, but we just have to; that’s the only way we can make any money here,” said Peter Binkley.

The Binkleys hope as more people get vaccinated, the restaurant will be able to open for dine-in.

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