Restaurant owners continue serving customers, community

Restaurant owners continue serving customers, community

VICTORIA, Texas – Local restaurant owners Binh Pham and Erica Briggs are working harder than ever to keep their doors open and make sure they pay their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“My goal is to keep our doors open, be able to provide food where there are some shortages already happening for our customers, for the community and to provide a workplace for our employees.” Briggs said.

ParaVida has adjusted to only taking pre-orders. And across town at Texas Seafood – orders are to-go or drive-thru only.

“We just got to follow the rules, community safety is the No. 1 priority, especially restaurants, and they have a lot of different crowd of people coming in, it’s easy to expose, I think they do the right thing but it’s pretty hard for the restaurant business, as you can see we’ve already lost 90 percent of our customers,” Pham said. 

Lent season, which lasts until Easter Sunday, is usually a busy time for the seafood restaurant. 

“At this time you maybe you have one order to-go,” Pham said.

The majority of Texas Seafood’s customers are seniors and as a way to say thank you – the restaurant provides the elderly  with paper towels that are currently not easy to access at stores. 

“I do my best, it’s for appreciation for many years, I know they support me going through the hurricane or storm, but maybe this is time for me to do something back for them,” Pham said.

Both ParaVida and Texas Seafood continue to accept orders. The owners hope to continue to keep employees and customers safe, fed and supplied.