Businesses pivoting to stay alive during COVID-19

Posted at 7:53 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 00:14:30-04

As the third spike of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Coastal Bend, local restaurants are doing what they can to keep their business running.

Gordo's American Eats, on Corpus Christi's west side, officially closed its dining room. Owner Manny Gutierrez said risking his family's life, and the employees' lives who work there, was not worth it.

"As a father, there was really no, no other way for me to take anymore risks, unnecessary risks."

Gordo's American Eats is not gone for good; Gutierrez said the business will continue to do catering and delivery on certain days of the week. You can check their Facebook Page for more information.

"We do what we can to protect our children, and if it means closing down our business, then ultimately we have to."

Gutierrez said he's happy and is grateful he can spend more time with his wife and kids.

Other restaurants are also feeling effects from the pandemic. Z Counter, off of Airline, went back to to-go ordering and curbside. They were open for one week with 50% restrictions, before making the decision to close the dining room again on Monday.

"We decided to close the dining room just because we are a very small dining room, and we wanted to get everything healthy for customers and especially for employees who work here," said Zoey Tran, General Manager for Z Counter.

Tran said they are appreciative for the customers who continue to order to-go, "it's been a tough time, not just for us, for everyone. But we have to do whatever we can to keep the business going."