Are there any Peruvian eating places in Toledo?

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Peruvian restaurant Chosica opened in a new location after the COVID-19 lockdown almost forced the newly opened restaurant to close.

TOLEDO, Ohio – A local restaurant had a fresh start on Saturday after closing its doors a year ago.

The Peruvian restaurant Chosica was opened on Hill Ave. and Byrne Rd. Just a few months before the COVID-19 lockdown, many small restaurants had to close.

During the shutdown, owner William Del-Rio and chef Mirtha Urcia, a migrant from Peru, sought help from the Ohio Minority Business Assistance Center and received an EMRG grant from the city to reopen business in a new location on Bancroft Street.

When the restaurant reopened, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz extolled the grants to help small businesses stay afloat.

“Part of the story of these EMRG grants is that they go to micro-businesses, which are our smallest small businesses – 5 employees or less. Three quarters of them went to minority companies, ”said Mayor Kapszukiewicz.

After a tough year, Del-Rio and Urcia are looking forward to making the most of their second chance.

“We are excited. Very proud because this is the first Peruvian restaurant here in Toledo, ”said Del-Rio.

Urcia says the food in Chosica is different from anything else in the area.

“Our food is very diverse. It has fusion between Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Afro-Peruvian. It’s very special and delicious, ”she said.

Chosica Peruvian restaurant is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 12pm to 8pm on W. Bancroft Street, next to the University of Toledo.