ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Erik Prado is assessing the damage at his restaurant, Rooster’s Diner.
“The water heater was going, going, going, and I’m like, ‘That’s not normal,'” Prado said.
The subfreezing air caused Prado’s water pipes at Rooster’s Diner to freeze. That prompted water to spill out under the 80-year old building, creating an “Uh-Oh” moment.
“We know we were going to have to close, but this was the icing on the cake,” Prado said.
But Prado said he is numb to the challenge. As a small business owner here in the Basin, Prado knows hardship.
For him, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic was one. Trying to bring in customers was another. Rooster’s Diner just opened before the Coronavirus hit.
“The two-year marker is one of the toughest parts in the restaurant. We were just coming over that and then, COVID hit. So, it brought us back to where we started,” Prado said.
Prado started his business with a food truck about 6 years ago. He says there are a lot of things a person can learn working as a chef.
“It takes you getting up every day, grinding, going out there, hitting the pavement,” he said.
Prado calls it a mind-over-matter type of deal. With support from his wife, Dede, who is also his business partner at Rooster’s Diner, Prado said he’s moving forward and looking forward to welcoming customers again.
“As cooks, we just love to feed people,” Prado said.
Rooster’s Diner is located at 615 N. Sam Houston Ave. in Odessa.