Owner and sushi chef Nicholas Vang make a California roll at Modesto Sukiyaki restaurant in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

To comply or not comply? How Modesto restaurants vary in handling of COVID shutdown

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When Cheng Her and his business partner, Nicholas Vang, bought Modesto Sukiyaki almost a year ago, they expected challenges because they were new to the restaurant industry. But they did not expect a pandemic that has been a public health and economic disaster.

Her said business at their restaurant in the Frontier Town Shopping Center is down 60%. He and Vang have laid off their five employees and are relying on family members to help them run the restaurant.

The two business partners have followed all the pandemic restrictions since the initial stay-at-home order in March, and that includes the latest from early December that limits San Joaquin Valley restaurants to takeout service.

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