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Caliente Cuban Restaurant closing downtown eatery for good

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Indiana restaurants are permitted to open with some limitations next week as the state rolls back some restrictions, but one downtown Fort Wayne eatery won't be among them.

Caliente Cuban Restaurant, nestled along West Wayne Street across from the Irish pub J K O'Donnell's, announced on Facebook Wednesday that they are closing for good.

The owners noted two deaths in the family, financial struggles and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic when considering whether to reopen.

"After countless long, painful conversations, we have decided that this is it. It is bittersweet. After all, this has been ten years of our lives. But sometimes, you get a sign that it’s time for change. We think this is ours, and what needs to happen for our family," owners of Caliente Cuban Restaurant said in a Facebook post.

"So while we will no longer be around as a restaurant, we will still be around as people. As friends and community members. We will still be here for all of you, and look forward to a new chapter of our lives."

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Posted by Caliente Cuban on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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