Local owners reinvent businesses to stay afloat

BELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) As the coronavirus pandemic continues, local businesses are having to find new and creative ways to stay afloat.

Local businesses are having to find new and creative ways to stay afloat.

For So Natural Catering in Harker Heights, there have been highs and lows. Two years ago, Luvina Sabree and her family closed the restaurant side of the business to focus on catering and using the venue to host events.

They have also been featured on Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible."

Then comes COVID-19.

"What am I going to do. I need to think of something different to do to stay in business. Once this is all over, I do not want to not be in business and be able to support the community," Sabree said.

Sabree has used her time to still give back to the community, feeding soldiers on Fort Hood.

With events canceled and having to bring in new income, Sabree decided to shift back to the old with a twist. So Natural will now serve to-go family meal packs. The orders must be placed by Friday to be picked up between 2-4 p.m. on the following Sunday.

"This is a pivot needed to sustain ourselves during these hard times," Sabree said.

In Temple, La Riv has also made changes to survive the pandemic.

“When you look at the dining room and see nothing but empty chairs and you have kitchen full of staff and groceries, you start to look at ask what else can I do," owner Vira Chudasma said.

A usual spot for Italian food has added a new cuisine: Indian food.

"To my surprise, we actually sell more Indian food these past couple weeks compared to our other food," Chudasma said.

For both Sabree and Chudasma, they are hoping the new changes will be a recipe for success.

"Survival. That's my main concern and staying safe. Keeping my family safe," Sabree said.

“If I don’t have to-go orders, I can’t afford to keep 2-3 staff because we don’t have any means or business to keep it open unless we serve our clients. You know we do chicken Alfredo now we do chicken tikka," Chudasma added.