By Jake Dima / washingtonexaminer.com
Last year, Christos Mavronas’s checking account was dwindling, his revenue plummeted by more than tenfold, and he watched as businesses around him permanently shuttered their doors when one of the largest tourist areas in Florida went into lockdown at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I was on the brink of losing the business. That’s how bad it was,” Mavronas, owner of Steve’s Famous Diner in Daytona Beach, told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “Nothing was coming in.”
Mavronas said his company suffered huge revenue losses, forcing his business to adapt to the new circumstances.
“Normally, I average $3,000 to $5,000 in sales a day. I went down to $300 in sales,” he continued. “I had two employees and me just doing takeout, just hustling, doing Facebook advertising trying to get people to call in so I could get some revenue going because I have fixed expenses.”
But now, the chef and business owner fears no more, in part due to the thousands of young adult revelers who have descended on the beach-front town in recent weeks, jump-starting sales for his previously battered establishment.
“I haven’t seen business like this since the 90s when MTV was here,” he said. “It’s a lot of people in Daytona Beach this year, and my numbers are through the roof. [There’s] a lot of young people, a lot of families.”
Mavronas doesn’t mind the influx. In fact, “they’re awesome,” he said.