Couple Shares How They Made Their Food Business Thrive During The Pandemic

"Kung hindi kami magri-risk, walang mangyayari sa amin."

Before the pandemic, things were going well for couple Josh and Alysa Albelda, who owns a burger business called Burger Garage

The burger joint, which used to be located in a small space in Makati City, was usually packed with people.

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Unfortunately, when lockdowns were imposed in 2020, "umaaasa lang kami sa deliveries and takeouts," he recalls. "Hindi [siya] enough to sustain the business." Social distancing wasn't also possible in the restaurant, so they made a tough decision to close down their one and only branch.

Eventually, Josh-who works as a photographer-also lost his job in ABS-CBN. "Noong nag-start 'yung pandemic, we were still hopeful kasi alam naming meron kaming babalikang opisina... pero [dahil nag]-close [ang] ABS-CBN, nawala rin lahat 'yun," he shares in an interview with Summit Media. 

But despite the challenges they had to face, the two never lost hope. 

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Adapting to "the new normal", Josh and Alysa opened a new spot in San Juan, which has an al fresco dining area where customers can safely enjoy their burgers. "Dito sa newest branch namin mas maluwag, and [masmakakapag-accommodate kami ng mga customers."

"Since nawala yung work ko tapos nalugi pa yung business, kung hindi kami magri-risk, walang mangyayari sa amin," he shares. 

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As a couple, Josh and Alysa always enjoyed taking road trips and finding the best burger places, and this inspired them to launch Burger Garage. "Nag-start sa garahe lang talaga tapos doon nabuo yung Burger Garage."

Watch the couple's inspiring story below! 

This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Yummy.ph editors.

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