Primo Hoagies, a sandwich shop on Fort Evans Road in Leesburg, has quietly closed its doors. But not before posting a note on their front door that perfectly encapsulates what so many small restaurants are facing during the pandemic.

The message reads, in part: “We are grateful to all of you that supported us during these difficult times, but it became overwhelming and draining of funds. We hope that you understand our disappointment.”

It’s a brutal time to be a small restauranteur. From what we are hearing from local owners, even with 50 percent seating, and makeshift outdoor patios and carry out and delivery, most are making nowhere near what they made pre pandemic. And restaurants usually operate on razor thin margins, meaning there was little wiggle room to begin with.

Primo Hoagies had been serving up all types of Philadelphia and South Jersey style sandwiches since 2012 from its storefront in the same shopping plaza as Hobby Lobby, near the Home Depot.

Image: Primo Hoagies