Transcript for Twin brothers keep the American dream alive during COVID-19
Dominican food on the double, twin brothers in particular cooking up something special in Washington, D.C. When the American dream meets the pandemic. Los hermanos started off as a that's a Latin American convenience store. When we were on summer breaks we were barely 10 years old. My mom would actually cook for us because she didn't want us eating fast food. As soon as she started cooking, the aromas started emanating from the pots, customers would ask what is that, what's that smell? She would give them food to taste. That's how she and my dad got the idea to sell Dominican food. What inspired us the most? Our food is pretty under presented in the U.S. When you think about hispanic foods, you think burritos, tacos, enchiladas. You don't think about stew goat or oxtailor rice. Our mom didn't really have any would go around the kitchen, going into the cupboards and getting the spices and making the recipes. The biggest challenges we had was that. The Dominican kitchen was born about three years ago. It was this concept that we have to get our food out there. It was our time. We were in business for over 24 years. We wanted to take that leap. Before the pandemic we were breaking records. We went from selling to $100 a day to $20 a day. How do you pay your employees? There's just a lot of uncertainty. Once the curfews came and we had to think about how are these people going to be able to get their food? There were still people there that -- restaurants were closing. How would frontline workers get their food? We decided to get them food to make their day better. So they don't have to work on an empty stomach. Being able to say we're open to me is a success. A lot of people had to close their doors. The fact we didn't have to close our doors is a success in and of itself. Our hope for our restaurants is getting across the U.S. And maybe to the world. Being able to present Dominican food to everyone. Food and the Latino culture is almost interchangeable. It's a really big part of our culture. It's great to share that with everyone else. Thank you for sharing that inspirational story.
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