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Norwalk, Connecticut is a small, seaside city 30 miles northeast of New York. It’s a fun town for young people, the home to the No. 1 TikTok star, Charli D’Amelio, and the home of the Blue Cactus Grill, a popular little spot that’s been flipping burgers and hawking cheesesteaks for over a decade.
A few years ago, owner Vic Amereno turned its success into an expansion, emptying his savings to open a second location a few miles up the coast in the picturesque beach town of Fairfield. He turned a steady business and was thriving; even during COVID lockdowns, they went on, converting their small, 1,000-square-foot restaurant into a takeout joint. But when it came time to hire back staff and reopen, they hit a wall.