PERRYSBURG, Ohio – While some restaurants reopened indoors with limited capacity at the start of the pandemic, some embraced the new business model and didn’t even care.
Once the COVID-19 pandemic began, the owners of the Balance Pan Asian Grille immediately took action and closed their doors for indoor dining.
Fast forward more than a year and only on the side of the road.
However, co-owner HoChan “CJ” Jang said they are just waiting for Governor DeWine’s official word to reopen it without restrictions.
“We are just waiting patiently for the entire mandate for distancing and masking of two meters to actually change on June 2nd,” said Jang.
Jang said just because Balance re-opens food indoors doesn’t mean it gets rid of its curb to-go service. According to Jang, customers want convenience and the ability to do both.
“I think we learned a lot during COVID-19 and all of these changes we made for customers and employees are only for the better,” Jang said.
Jimmy “Yimmy” Planas, a Balance employee in Perrysburg, said roadside dining is a new experience, but he knows he and his team are ready to welcome customers back to the house now.
“I think customers who come back will be a new experience just because everything was like that. But we’ve been doing this for 11 years? So we’ll keep doing it,” said Planas.
Jang also said he could use the time and give some businesses a facelift. He added kiosks to order food, new tables and chairs, among other things.
“We wanted to put the money we made back into our business and renovate it, so we made a lot of internal changes. Let’s call it ‘Balance 2.0’,” Jang said.
Jang says the downtown location will remain closed until construction on Summit Street is completed, in time for the Solheim Cup in September.