CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — All restaurants have a following; fans who would go above and beyond to support their favorite restaurant.
Phat Keto at 3741 S. Alameda Street, has a following that are united by the ketogenic diet.
"It is high fat, moderate protein, low carb," Phat Keto owner Margie Castillo said.
The restaurant serves as a safe haven for those who have decided to adjust their eating styles. And during this time of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of those customers may not have as many keto-friendly options. And there are many customers who eat their food to fill a medical need as well.
"Many of our customers are diabetic," Castillo said. "Everything we offer is sugar-free."
Like many restaurants, the closure of dining rooms has not made things easy, and Phat Keto is no exception.
"I am down to one full-time employee plus myself," Castillo said. "We are down about 75% of our normal business that we did on a daily basis."
But Castillo has been proactive, making sure those who are not able to eat from the restaurant can follow their keto diets at home.
"Everyone is on a budget right now so we make some of our food items available so they can make the rest at home," she said. "I also have recipes online."
Along with numerous sugar-free desserts, Phat Keto sells sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc. All of which are gluten-free.
Health professionals at Driscoll Childrens Hospital took notice to what the restaurant was doing and made them a part of their wellness program.
"We have doctors refer their patients over here," Castillo said.
Phat Keto is trying to survive this uncertain time, but Castillo's energy remains high, despite all of her delicious, sugar-free food.