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Frame by Frame: Restaurant life during COVID-19

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Throughout Fort Collins and the world, many businesses have felt the brunt of COVID-19. One of those restaurants is Yum Yum Social Club and another is Avogadro’s Number.

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Yum Yum Social Club, a Lebanese-style restaurant located in Fort Collins, plans to have a grand reopening after facing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Denise Hakim, the owner, has felt the struggle of operating a business during the lockdown.

“This is a social club,” she said. “I would like to see everyone socializing and having a good time, but because of guidelines, I can’t do that.”

Because of COVID-19, local restaurant Avogadro’s Number had to temporarily close their bar area. Before the pandemic, the restaurant was a gathering place for people to listen to live music. 

Denise Hakim prepping food
Denise Hakim, the owner of YumYum Social Club, garnishes a gyro while listening to her customers talk about their day March 4. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

Tri Duong and Cat Blouch can be reached at photo@collegian.com.

 
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Luke Bourland is a history major from Durham, Connecticut. Bourland is studying history in hopes of going to law school in the fall 2022 semester after graduation. In terms of which law school Bourland wants to go to, he likes to joke, "I will attend anywhere that'll have me!" Bourland has been taking pictures recreationally for most of his life but did not officially join The Collegian until the beginning of his sophomore year in 2019. Bourland originally joined The Collegian to develop his skills and to photograph out of his comfort zone. During his time at The Collegian, Bourland has held positions such as freelance photographer, media archivist, assistant photo editor, photo editor and finally, photo director. As the photo director, it is Bourland's job to make sure the paper is accompanied with beautiful pictures alongside the photo editor. Bourland has photographed events ranging from speeches and galas to football and basketball games. In his free time, Bourland is an avid golfer, fly-fisherman and still loves to take pictures recreationally. Differing from the style of photography at The Collegian, Bourland enjoys slowing down and shooting landscapes and portraits on film. Bourland first learned how to develop film with a friend in the bathrooms of Corbett Hall, stuffing towels under the doors to avoid any light leaking in. No matter where life takes Bourland, he hopes that photography will always be there along the ride.  

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