A community reaches out to help one local family keep its business open
POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 9:13am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The Himalayas restaurant is a family owned business that's been around for the past 10 years, but when the recession hit a few years back, business slowed to a crawl.
The restaurant is close to shutting down.
That prompted the owner to make a plea for help to a loyal customer. That started the ball rolling for change.
"It's important that we help everybody no matter where they are, or what they're doing, but in this case, this is such a charming group of people,” Bruce Morgan, long time customer and friend to the Thapa family, said when asked why he decided to get involved. “They are a family of people who work together, who are very much close to each other and they deserve help. That's why."
Now, several people from all over the community are rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to make a difference.
"I am very happy they're helping me - thank you. Thank you to everybody," Bhawan Singh Thapa, owner of The Himalayas, said with a smile.
Several others visited The Himalayas today, Friday, April 6, to offer support and help.
Ricardo Barraza owner of Caliente Restaurant in Central located at 14455 Wax Road spent roughly three hours talking with Thapa this morning about how he’s seen success in recent years. Like Thapa, Barraza moved to Baton Rouge to live out the American Dream. His show of support is to make sure this family doesn't loose what they've worked so hard to gain.
Sand Marmillion, one of the owners of Laura Plantation, spent several hours working on the reorganization of the kitchen. She’s volunteered her time to help completely redo the structure of the restaurant, giving it a more modern appeal.
Also a representative with the Small Business Administration, Will Campbell, stopped by to lend his services as well. He’s helping to crunch the numbers and come up with a plan on how to help improve funds.
Finally, a Tibetan Monk paid a visit as well to offer blessings.
Although all of the support so far has been overwhelming for the Thapa family, it’s only the first wave of those who are offering services. Another meeting is being organized to continue the work done today to ensure that this family has a fighting chance to hold on to its dream.
The Himalayas is located at 3851 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard.