LAFAYETTE, La. — The word "tsunami" suggests a storm, but in the coronavirus era a Lafayette restaurant bearing that very name is fighting back and staying open.
‘We’re Open’ aka ‘Takeout Tuesday’ brings us to Tsunami in Downtown Lafayette.
Tsunami COO Frederick Nonato says since the pandemic began its been different, very very different.
“If you would have come here (downtown Lafayette) four weeks ago, it was really like a ghost town, and it was eerie,” says Nonato.
But even with Corona’s eeriness, Tsunami has persevered and survived.
“You gotta love Acadiana,” smiles Nonato. “Our business has changed a little bit, but the amount of business has not, if that makes any sense.”
Which means curbside has been embraced and really worked at 412 Jefferson Street.
“The quality is still the same, the quality of the people making it is still the same, and the quality of the people ordering it is still the same,” explains Nonato. “You’re just getting it in a different vessel.”
Initially, Tsunami had to lay-off most of its employees; however, ever-so-slowly, the staff members are being brought back.
Now, If you’re calling in, don’t worry. The menu is still the same.
“People want what they want when it comes to Tsunami, know what sushi they want and that’s what they want to eat,” smiles Nonato.
Although now, adds Nonato, customers can get a smaller plate with a number of options.
“One thing about the smaller plates, you can have something hot, and you can have your sushi you don’t have to decide,” he says.
Nonato says he’s seeing the signs of recovery, adding that, when it’s full-blown, he and his staff will be more than ready to say “hello” face-to-face.
“Can’t wait to see you, ya’ll don’t even understand how much we miss you,” says Nonato.
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