October 20, 2021

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Foodstuff + Drink, artisan pizza place in Midtown Reno, closes

An eccentric restaurateur who delighted locals with his artisan pizzas, gooey desserts and social media banter will close his Midtown restaurant Saturday. 

Aaron Foster and his eatery, Food + Drink, survived the economic bust that despatched shock waves through the restaurant industry only to near up store after pandemic constraints eased. 

Foster declined to say considerably about the determination to shutter Food + Consume. In a text information to RGJ, he admitted that he had no real solution to give.

“Just do not actually know what I can explain to you past just staying incredibly, quite worn out,” Foster explained. “I know that is probable an unsatisfying respond to.” 

Via Foods + Drink’s Fb website page, Foster maintained a social media existence that touched and amused local netizens during the COVID-19 lockdown. An actor and artist, he was a natural in entrance of the digital camera. 

In a video posted in March 2020, Foster joked about the pandemic’s effects on his restaurant, which experienced opened just the month right before on St. Lawrence Avenue. For a fleeting instant, emotion obtained the far better of him. 

The publish was seen by thousands, a feat for any smaller community business enterprise or YouTuber. Foster credited the psychological video with trying to keep his small business afloat.

Foster had invested two years and most of his lifetime savings seeking to open up Foodstuff + Drink before the pandemic forced him, nearly right away, to transform it into a acquire-out only procedure. 

He explained to the RGJ in February 2021 that he would not open a cafe yet again if he knew this sort of troubles awaited him. 

“I have advice for those people folks (seeking to open a restaurant). Get $50,000, burn off it. Get $20,000, give it to some community young ones and enable them punch you, and then do anything else,” Foster mentioned.