TULSA, Okla. — A long time Tulsa seafood market and restaurant is staying strong amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Bodean Seafood Market and Restaurant is holding on thanks to generations of customers.
“When you’ve been open as long as Bodean has, you have people who have been eating here for 30 plus years," said Kandi Gomez Madison, manager of Bodean Restaurant. "Their children start coming here, their grandchildren start coming here. You see a lot of people that you are used to seeing every week or a couple times a week and they become family. And now, we just get to wave.”
Business at the restaurant is down. So, the market is stepping up. It still offers its regular items such as fresh seafood and bread and added meals for the whole family.
“We’ve changed some of the items that we offer now and that they’re ready to heat meals that we have here that you can just take home, pop them straight in the oven and have them," said Kieron St. Ledger, general manager of Bodean. "And it’s not necessarily that you have to buy today to eat it today. They have longevity built into them.”
The restaurant is offering curbside delivery and is being cautious about it. Orders and payments are taken over the phone to avoid touching credit cards, cash, and pens.
“We try to limit the contact that we have," St. Ledger said. "There’s just furious hand washing all the time and surfaces being sanitized constantly.”
That extra cleanliness is part of Bodean’s current mantra which is “Be awesome. Wash your hands.”
“We just want everyone to be nice to each other, come together while staying six-feet apart," Gomez Madison said. "And just treat each other well.”
The restaurant is open from noon to 7 p.m. The market is open from 8 a.m. to about 7 p.m. They ask that the early hours be reserved for the older community.
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