MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – Basin businesses are shuttered. Bars and restaurants alike are forced to close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, local business owners and employees are feeling the blowback.
Mark Gomez, Owner of Gomez Catering in Midland, was forced to close the doors to the business he opened only six months ago. Gomez says he has not been able to run his restaurant, and people are afraid to come out and eat. Gomez says in just one month, Gomez Catering has lost more than $20,000.
“We have a family of eight, and that has affected us a lot,” Gomez says. “20,000 dollars in a small business in Midland and Odessa is a lot of money.”
Gomez says he has talked to several of his peers, and they all have similar concerns about the future of their business.
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, one Basin business is making an effort to make a positive impact in the community. Brew Street in Midland is keeping its doors open to its employees to make sure they don’t go hungry.
Brew Street general manager, Deneen Trevino says the bakery has about $2,000 worth of food leftover after they closed their doors and Brew Street is allowing its employees to take the leftover food home so that they can take care of themselves. Trevino says she believes it is essential to help her staff during these hard times.
“If I was on the other side of the fence, I would more than appreciate someone else helping out,” Trevino says. “It is our way of giving back and a lot of people are going without right now and as much as we can do, we are going to do it.”
Trevino says she hopes that the future of Brew Street is looking bright.
Trevino says all leftover food from Brew Street will be donated to a local food bank.