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Undaunted by pandemic, two Oswego restauranteurs move forward with openings By Payne Horning Sherry Babcock, the owner of Sherry’s Downtown Diner in downtown Oswego. It’s the story of twin lifelong dreams that met a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Oswego’s two newest restaurants, located right across from one another on Bridge Street, opened this January in spite of the COVID-19 health crisis that has shaken the country’s economy and turned the dining industry on its head. Over the last year, dozens of restaurants in Central New York have been forced to close. Some even shuttered for good due to the drop in traffic and government restrictions on in-door dining. Others have entered a temporary hiatus as their owners await better conditions. But Sherry Babcock, owner of Sherry’s Downtown Diner, and Patrick Mitchell, owner of Southern Fare, are forging ahead, unwilling to let their passion be sidelined by the pandemic. “It wasn’t ever about whether this would happen but was a point of how do we make it happen,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got to figure this out, we’re going to make it happen, and that was the mentality.” Drawing on Experience Southern Fare is located on the ground level of Litatro, a new addition