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Food is delivered to customers from Scout's Downtown Cafe in Bloomington on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The business is closing Saturday. 

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BLOOMINGTON — Scout's Downtown Cafe will permanently close Saturday. 

Owner Scout Nord posted on Facebook that the 113 N. Center St. business struggled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We're just such a little business," Nord told The Pantagraph on Tuesday. "Months and months and months of not making what we should be making has just taken its toll."

Nord purchased the restaurant, formerly known as Kelly's Bakery and Cafe, in July 2018. She was manager of the former business for five years and decided to take the business over because she really enjoyed the job, baking and seeing all of her regular customers.

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"The unfortunate thing is we don't know when the pandemic will be over," she said. "It's hard to make a plan when you don't know what's going to happen in the next two months, six months or year."

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Nord said Monday in a statement posted on social media that she will be sad to leave Downtown area and will miss seeing her customers. The restaurant will continue to operate through Saturday to give people a last chance to grab their favorite treats.

"Working at Kelly's Bakery, then taking over and continuing that space of food, friends and family as Scout's Downtown Cafe has been an amazing experience," she said.

The restaurant will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.


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Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.

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