Chatsworth deli bounced back from riots, quake … but was nearly undone by coronavirus – Daily News

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For many years, the owner of San Carlo Deli in Chatsworth witnessed seen enough events to write a historical novel.

The owner of the Italian deli, Pasquale Roberto, opened his original shop with his father in Panorama City in 1975. It burned out during the 1992 riots triggered by the Rodney King verdicts.

The deli reopened a few months later in Chatsworth, but was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

No matter the crisis, the deli reopened. But it was not until he got infected with novel coronavirus and had to spend 30 days in isolation that Roberto thought he would shutter his deli for good.

He closed his eatery on Friday, March 20 after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Safer-At-Home order kicked in, but planned to reopen the following week.

“We said, ‘we’re going to close for the weekend, regroup and on Monday we will start fresh,’”  said Roberto, 51.

“But, unfortunately, Monday didn’t come for me,” he said, “because on Sunday I ended up in the emergency room.”

Roberto didn’t have any visible symptoms on Friday. But on Sunday he woke up with a fever and a heavy cough.

“I went from feeling fine to feeling absolutely miserable in one night,” he said.

Pasquale Roberto at San Carlo Deli, a local specialty market, deli, and bakery, in Chatsworthon Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

His physician recommended that he hurry to an emergency room, where he was promptly tested for novel coronavirus.

While waiting for his results to arrive, he quarantined himself in a room.

What followed next were seven restless days, as Roberto tried to beat his fever and cough, before he received his results that he tested positive.

Has often coughed for hours and couldn’t stop, he said.

He couldn’t sleep and would sit upright  in his chair all night, trying to minimize his symptoms.

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