COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Louisiana Shrimp Shack is one of the newest restaurants to open up in the Columbus area and brings a new cuisine to the table.
“What we’re trying to do is bring up a little bit of Louisiana up here,” said owner Kenneth Helmer.
His plans were to bring authentic Bayou foods to the Golden Triangle, but what he didn't expect was a global pandemic.
“When we started into setting up this building, this place to do it, we never had no idea what was coming at us,” explained Helmer.
The owner and his wife worked through the struggles of hiring workers to make their dream come alive.
In order to stay open, Helmer said he continues to keep the restaurant clean for workers and customers. He said his workers are always washing their hands and keeping everything wiped down. "We’re going to continue to do that until this goes away,” said the owner.
Along with the constant cleaning, the Shack only allows customers to order and eat their food outside.
Helmer said this system seems to be working.
“Pretty busy, at times a little hectic to be honest," said Helmer, "but it’s good.”
Helmer said all the food made in the restaurant is made with love and from his mother's recipes.
He hopes once the business is able to have indoor seating, it will create job opportunities for those in the area.