SAN ANTONIO – Two small local restaurants prepare for further restrictions on their occupancy as San Antonio continues to have 15% COVID-19 in the hospital rate and rising case numbers

Texas Gov Greg Abbott’s Executive Order Mandate Occupancy must be reduced from 75% to 50% on seven consecutive days when the number of COVID-19 hospital patients exceeded 15% of total hospital capacity

“It’s not really about profit right now, it’s really more about staying alive,” said Pepe Tamez, owner of Pepes Tacos and Salsa on Jones Maltsberger Road

His restaurant and the neighboring one, Gogis Street Korean Fusion, have learned the importance of providing convenience to our customers

Nicholas Castillo, the manager on Gogi Street, luckily said the previous occupant had the drive-through window, but he didn’t use it until the COVID-19 pandemic started

“It slows it down a bit when everyone just calls orders instead of showing up and placing orders,” Castillo


Castillo said he has hired more staff who are better trained to handle these orders because the food being prepared is fresh and not ready to use

Although some of his customers dine here, Tamez said most prefer the convenience of transit

Unlike so many other restaurants that didn’t make it, he said, “We’re blessed we’re still here, so that’s a good thing”

He said he was also grateful for loyal customers who believe in buying locals like Christi Crawford

“If you want to go out and spend your money, do the research and try to support your community and those around you,” said Crawford

Jessie Degollado has been with KSAT since 1984.She is a general-purpose reporter covering a variety of stories. Growing up in Laredo and as a presenter / reporter for KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley, Jessie is particularly familiar with border and immigration issues in 2007 Jessie was also inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame

Bill Caldera has been with KSAT since 2003, covering a variety of stories including breaking news, weather, general duties, and sports


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