Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House, like every other restaurant in the city, has experienced a difficult six months. Dealing with looting has only been one of the many curveballs Kim and his wife Claire have endured. But if Kim has learned anything from this time, it’s that his community will be there to help him through it.
Early on in the pandemic, Sura Korean BBQ began selling personal protective equipment and other supplies. It became Kim’s Convenience, and the sales are still going on today, to a lesser extent. The convenience store was an effort to support his community as well as create an additional source of income.
Kim’s Convenience has been reduced to the sale of masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer. The demand for personal protective equipment has reduced, and the ability to serve food outdoors has helped the restaurant’s bottom line, making the convenience store less critical for the restaurant’s success.