- In 2020, Basel was forced to shut down his restaurants because dining in was not allowed during the ECQ
- This time he is determined to keep his employees by not giving up
- He renovated his restaurants to accommodate outdoor dining for his businesses to still operate
After many months of easing the lockdown, Metro Manila is back on ECQ again — from March 29- April 4, 2021 to address the rising statistics in COVID cases.
For businessmen, there is a fear of significant loss of income due to reduced customer traffic which in the long run can lead to losing some employees. But not for Basel; the famous Syrian vlogger who owns branches of YOLO Retro Diner.
“I am more motivated not to give up,” he posted on their resto’s social media account.
Over the months of successfully managing his business plus his passion to help the unemployed, Basel has gained 30 employees working for him including those in his Korean mini-mart.
Last year, when dining in was not allowed at the start of the pandemic, he was forced to shut down his restaurants. But this time around, “I will do my best to keep up,” he stated.
Fortunately, outdoor dining is permitted. With that, Basel made DIY renovations to allow more space for al fresco dining in his restaurants. He then shared photos of the new look of his diners. They added chairs to their veranda, put fake grass carpet, placed more lights and beautified the walls with mural paintings.
This way, he can still operate and sustain his employees.
“Despite the overwhelming feeling of wanting to just give up, it’s actually the most important time not to. Will continue to strive for the people I hired who have families.”
Basel owns two branches of YOLO Retro Diner located in Las Piñas and another is about to open in Bacoor, Cavite, just beside Yeoboseyo Korean Mini-mart.