STAUNTON — John and Gloria Gerber have been set on rebuilding. They wished to discover a approach to preserve their restaurant, Gloria’s Pupuseria, going after it was utterly destroyed throughout the Aug. 8 flash flood that decimated Staunton’s downtown.
The principle aim was to get out of the flood zone risk and out of the constructing that was destroyed.
Gloria’s Pupuseria, which was situated on Central Avenue close to Lewis Creek, had between 4 to five ft of water all through the El Salvadoran restaurant in early August. They rented the house.
“We are going to probably not try and rebuild at that location as a result of the harm was an excessive amount of,” they stated in August. “Sadly we didn’t have flood insurance coverage to cowl any of our stock or gear and the proprietor of the constructing doesn’t carry any insurance coverage to cowl harm to the constructing.”
At the moment, the husband and spouse duo have to determine their subsequent steps. The 2 had began out as a small desk out of a Subaru round 2013, moved to a meals truck, then reworked that right into a greater than 4,000 sq. foot restaurant house in 2019. They offered their meals truck, in order that they needed to search for a brand new house to begin over.
Greater than two months later, they’ve bought a constructing throughout the road, which used to deal with Staunton Trains and Hobbies at 331 N. Central Ave. The interest retailer had closed after the house owners determined to retire.
“After wanting and searching and on the lookout for an area to rebuild our restaurant after the flood on Aug. 8, we’re so comfortable, excited, grateful and humbled to announce that yesterday we closed on the acquisition of this constructing that plenty of you recognize already (previously Staunton Trains and Hobbies) … only a few blocks from our previous location and out of the flood zone,” a publish on their enterprise Fb page stated.
The Gerbers financed the constructing by way of an investor.
“The chance got here to us by way of a pal and buyer who was additionally affected by the flood. He launched us to the vendor and we started negotiating at the start of September,” they stated.
In response to the publish, the couple knew the constructing was meant to be their new location. It has parking, outside seating alternatives and inside is spacious.
“We positively wished to remain in Staunton, comparatively near our previous location and out of the flood zone,” the Gerbers stated. “We checked out a number of nice areas, however this constructing provided plenty of potential like parking and outside seating … one thing that was restricted at our previous location. Every thing labored out in our favor as a result of the Passion Store was closing and the proprietor of the constructing wished to promote. Great people who have been all so accommodating contemplating our scenario.”
Gloria’s Pupuseria was recently awarded $10,000 from F&M Bank’s Local Business You Love contest, which awards native companies funding with a view to assist communities prosper. That is the second yr the competition has been held.
With that cash, the Gerbers plan to put in a hood on the new location, which is without doubt one of the most costly gear items, in accordance with the competition description.
There is not a selected timeline but, they stated.
“A lot work to do however we’re excited and hope you’re as properly,” the publish stated. “We’re certain you could have been curious what we’ve got been as much as however we didn’t need to say something till we knew for certain and secured the constructing. We have now had an excellent expertise and met very very fantastic individuals alongside the way in which. Thanks to your persistence and assist in all elements.”
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