While Jones said the first few years of the business ran pretty smoothly, things changed when he received a cancer diagnosis two years in.
“That pretty much put a lot of things on hold, and the business was affected,” he said.
While he was receiving chemotherapy treatments, Jones said he put the rest of his energy into writing a cookbook.
After being cleared of cancer, Jones released the cookbook, which he credits for driving business back to Wacky Waffles after the time he had to take off.
“For almost a year or so, during chemo treatments we really weren’t able to produce as much or satisfy a lot of clients, due to me being ill, but we were able to bounce back,” he said.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit shortly after Jones signed the lease for the storefront at 40 N. Streeper St., he was faced with a tough decision: keep going with the venture, or try to get out of the lease.
After overcoming cancer, Jones said he felt like he had to keep going forward with the restaurant.
“This is part of my dream, I don’t want to give up on it,” he said. “Even though we’re faced with difficult times right now, I think that I’ll be able to look back on this time and feel a lot better that I was able to create the space that I wanted to create during a pandemic.”
As Jones prepares to open, he said that the biggest hurdle has been waiting on permits and navigating the various closures in the city due to the pandemic.
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