Watch How a Virginia Restaurant Withstood a Car Crash, the Pandemic, and Untimely Death of Its Co-Owner

The Pink Dinghy owner Stephanie Dietz and her staff

It was a year that rocked us all. And restaurants were hit especially hard, fighting to stay open and provide the hospitality that grounds our communities.

Despite the crushing circumstances, these businesses did what they do best — stayed focused, pivoted, and kept us fed. They reminded us why they are critical to our shared culture. And why we love them so much.

These are their pandemic stories — creative, inspiring, and heartfelt. At beloved Virginia Beach community spot The Pink Dinghy, the road to opening was far from easy. Owner Stephanie Dietz had to navigate all the usual headaches of opening a business, plus a car crash, the death of her business partner, and of course, a global pandemic. See how her team banded together to ultimately bring this brightly colored dream restaurant to life.

Watch below, and then check out the videos for  L’Oca d’Oro in Austin and China Live in San Francisco. Plus, keep an eye out in weeks to come for the unique rebound stories of 50Kitchen in Boston.