MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – As restaurants continue to operate at 50% occupancy, one local restaurant finds itself trying to stay afloat during these trying times.
Gloria’s Diner in Midland bought their brick and mortar in August 2019. Owner Kim Herard spent seven months renovating the store and parking lot to meet zoning standards.
But just over a week later, they had to close their doors due to the pandemic.
“So, the following March 2020 came around we were open for nine days and then the whole shutdown happen of the entire state and we were shut down for a little bit and we never bounced back from that,” said Herard.
According to the Facebook post above, Herard was working to expand her catering business into an event center, diner, and food truck.
Herard’s catering business, Indulgence Catering, also took a blow with events getting canceled.
“Catering was more like 85% of our revenue,” said Herard. “The diner was kind of a hobby for a little bit and now they are riding 50-50 kind of maintaining each other.”
Though Herard has not had to lay off or furlough any employees, she says the thought has come to mind.
“That’s my main goal here. I want to make sure that my staff is taken care off,” said Herard.
Currently, Gloria’s offers to-go and delivery orders. The diner expanded their dine-in hours to open in the evening and BYOB.
Inside the dining area, staff members are wearing gloves and masks. Tables are measured six feet apart to maintain social distancing.
“It is kind of a growing situation and it’s not going away so we’re going to have to learn how to adapt to it,” said Herard.
As we everybody tries to navigate through this pandemic, Herard wants to remind people to shop and buy local so mom n’ pop shops can stay afloat.