MISSION, Kan. – Mission, KS is hosting its own restaurant week to support local businesses during the pandemic.
Lalo Alvarez, the owner of The Corner Lalo’s Kitchen, hopes this will get his restaurant some attention.
Alvarez came to America from Mexico at the age of fourteen and worked in the kitchen of many restaurants.
Alvarez said he always dreamed of owning his own.
When this dream came true in December 2020, it was hit by a curveball, the pandemic.
“Me and my wife sat down and we were like what are we doing?” Alvarez said. “It was a big challenge for us because we didn’t know anything about COVID.”
Like The Corner Lalo’s Kitchen, many local businesses have suffered from COVID-19.
Restaurant Week aims to support mom and pop spots like cafes, bakeries, and restaurants.
“If we get the opportunity, like we do, I’ll make sure they try my food and know what we’re doing in The Corner Lalo’s kitchen,” Alvarez said.
Lalos Restaurant is one of many companies on the list.
Customers said they hope new people will come out and support.
“I think it’s very important that we all support and help each other,” said Adolfo Uriarte, a customer. “That way, it will help keep the doors open.”
Alvarez said he has never met a stranger and is looking forward to the new faces he will see in the coming week.
All shops except the restaurant week are:
- Long boards
- Sushi karma
- The Bar (ONLY Mission)
- Brian’s bakery
- Blue Star
- Thai orchid
- Energize mission
- Urban Prairie Coffee
- Rock Creek Brewery *
- Sand Hills Brewery
- Salsa grill
- The corner of Lalo’s kitchen
- Ad Astra
- Foggi ice cream
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