Local British-owned business reacts to death of Queen Elizabeth

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. Local businesses are heartbroken over the loss of Queen Elizabeth.

The Old Toad, a traditional British pub here in Rochester, has been in business for over 30 years.

The Old Toad isn’t the only British bar in the Rochester area. The Sheffield on Monroe Avenue is also British-owned. The Old Toad usually has British students come over from England to work for a year-long internship. Because of COVID, it’s been a while since students have worked at the pub, but the owner says his heart goes out to all his students and the entire country.

“With the connections I’ve had with the students over the years, they’re very connected with their country,” Roman said. “They love the royal family very much there. Absolutely devastated, my heart goes out to them. Having the students throughout the years, you have that connection with them and you feel connected with them through that way.”

Roman says he’s working on getting United Kingdom students back to work here again next year.