ONE STORY AT A TIME, DURING THE PANDEMIC OF 2020.
In a time when the world is collectively experiencing the same thing, It’s hard to hear each individual story. The purpose of this project is to share the story of individual business owners in downtown Astoria during the shutdown caused by the pandemic. The lights may be off; we may have locked doors and closed signs; however, there are still ways to help us during this time. We can do this together.
Lorenda and Sujay Nakka
Himani Indian cuisine 1044 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
Himani Indian Cuisine opened in 2011.
Himani Indian Cuisine opened in 2011. For the last decade, the owners have been doing their best to keep the restaurant going. It has given them an opportunity to impact their community with healthy food and friendly smiles.
Oregon Executive Order 20-12 | Stay Home. Save Lives. Created a prohibition on dine-in food and drink consumption on March 16th. One week before the order was given Lorenda and Sujay made the decision to close their dining hall and switch to delivery and carry out. This decision came at the beginning of a normally busy spring and summer season.
Thankfully they live in a community surrounded by support and love. Recently on a Facebook post, the owners shared this. “Here at Himani we are not hanging our hopes on the government to help us survive. We are however hanging all our hopes on our community to keep us going. I just want to say we bet on the right horse! We love you all!!”
Lorenda and Sujay certainly feel the uncertainty and anxiety of all the possible outcomes. However, what frightens them the most is the thought of losing loved ones in their community.
Lorend said “The main change that occurred to me, was the thought of going hyper-local. When and where we can buy it from a local business.”