Businesses back, hoping for boost during PLAYERS Championship Tournament

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. — The PLAYERS Championship Tournament is back for 2021 with new restrictions for both fans, golfers, and businesses.

Local restaurants and food trucks will be stationed throughout the course for the event, many hoping for a boost in business. This comes after COVID-19 prompted the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, leaving uncertainty for restaurants and those who planned for days of food service.

“We were prepared for a big week,” Don Nicol said. “When they shut it down, you know, here we are with Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday worth of product to sell.”

Nicol, owner of TacoLu, can be found every year at the 12th hole with his crew. Luckily, last year, he was able to sell back a some of his food or use it at his restaurant. Other catering companies weren’t as lucky.

Still, as a restaurant owner, the pandemic has been tough for him and his employees.

“Every time the mayor or the governor came on the TV, we had to reinvent ourselves,” Nicol said. “It was a big learning curve every time we had to change.”

For the PLAYERS this year, Nicol can’t have as many cooks in the kitchen.

“We’re going to have a limited amount of people who can take orders, and it is different we’ve got some stuff to space people out,” Nicol said. “We just hope the people who are here are trying to respect the fact that we are held to a certain accountability, with people and spacing.”

Everyone on the course must wear a mask, at all times. There are also social distancing markers placed around the course.

“The fact that we’re even doing it, I think is fantastic,” Nicol said.

We put together a list of all the restaurants participating this year, you can find it by clicking HERE.

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