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NC couple fires up the grill, builds 'pandemic restaurant from scratch' after coronavirus crushed their bar
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Husband and wife team Sean Umstead and Michelle Vanderwalker designed their bar, Kingfisher, in Durham, N.C., to bring people together — a big no-no in the age of coronavirus.
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"We were a cocktail-focused bar, opened late July of last year," Umstead told FOX Business. "We built this really unique space: low ceilings, intimate, and it was really designed as a gathering space, a place meet new people. We have a big curved bar. We did everything we could to not separate people."
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In the spring, when the couple realized that they may have to keep Kingfisher closed for months, they knew they had to find additional ways to serve customers. Bars are still unable to open in North Carolina because of the pandemic.
Their solution? Queenburger. It's been a lot of work, but Umstead and Vanderwalker converted space outside their building into an eatery reminiscent of a backyard cookout.