Luca Frigeni, an Italian businessman living in Shanghai, finally fulfilled his dream late last year when he opened his own restaurant and lounge. But the coronavirus pandemic stalled that dream, as he entered “the most difficult” moment in his career.
Business at his restaurant SakeMate was initially encouraging, and his venue saw crowds increasing. But weeks later, his Japanese and Peruvian-inspired fusion restaurant, located in the heart of the city’s nightlife and tourism district, had to completely shut down for nearly a month due to government mandates.
Shanghai is a highly dense city with a population…