ROUNDUP: DFW businesses provide adjusted services to community, support each other during coronavirus

Owner of Asian Mint Nikky Phinyawatana saw an opportunity to support at-home cooking endeavors by launching the Chef Mint from Home program. (Courtesy Asian Mint)
Owner of Asian Mint Nikky Phinyawatana saw an opportunity to support at-home cooking endeavors by launching the Chef Mint from Home program. (Courtesy Asian Mint)

Owner of Asian Mint Nikky Phinyawatana saw an opportunity to support at-home cooking endeavors by launching the Chef Mint from Home program. (Courtesy Asian Mint)

After Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order March 31 expanding the state’s response to the coronavirus, all businesses across the state are now forced to operate under new restrictions or close completely to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses that remain in operation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are reacting by building a support system for each other as they expand their services. Read more about some of the businesses the Community Impact Newspaper team has featured below.

Frisco Counseling and Wellness provides online therapy; offers free sessions to medical professionals, first responders

A crisis situation that requires social distancing can have adverse effects on mental health and well-being. Frisco Counseling and Wellness is continuing to provide mental health resources to the area by shifting its operations online, offering free sessions for first responders and their families, and working with clients who may have trouble affording services.

Chef at Asian Mint in Richardson sends Thai recipes home with meal kit program

Chef Nikky Phinyawatana, the owner of Thai restaurant Asian Mint, is making home cooking easier for families by selling meal kits with fresh ingredients for a three-course meal. A portion of the program’s proceeds will go to a nonprofit organization that feeds children in need.

“The goal was to get people cooking at home, building a community and having something to bond over,” she said.

Richardson-based Orchard at the Office pivots to home delivery of fresh produce, healthy snacks

Orchard at the Office previously operated as a snack delivery service for local offices, but after shelter-in-place orders forced nonessential businesses to close, owner Amy Long quickly transitioned to delivering fresh produce directly to families.

Grapevine Main Street businesses band together during coronavirus crisis

Once a bustling tourist destination, the Main Street shopping area in Grapevine has since seen little traffic. To ensure area businesses are able to survive without foot traffic, owners are leaning on each other for support and to share ideas.

Owner of Grapevine restaurant Mason & Dixie adapts to coronavirus challenges

Beth Newman, who owns Grapevine Southern-style restaurant Mason & Dixie, said the ways the coronavirus has affected her business have been “scary” and “drastic.” She adapted by designing a new menu of family-style meals available for pickup or delivery, dubbed “take-and-bake” specials.

“We really need everyone's support more than we ever have because I'm not kidding, people will close their doors through this,” Newman said.

FnG Eats finding alternative ways to serve Keller community amid coronavirus outbreak

FnG Eats, a farm-to-table eatery at Keller Town Center, is also offering take-and-bake meals. Co-owner Bob Stephenson said he used his background in Italian cooking to create meals that can feed 10-12 people.

Owner of Main Street Cafe of Lewisville pivots to takeout and curbside delivery, encourages compassion amid coronavirus concerns

Main Street Cafe owner Lucila Rojas said she is doing everything she can to keep her family’s restaurant afloat through delivery and to-go orders. Since she started working for the business when she was 16, she said she has formed many close relationships with other local business owners who have been a source of support.

“My experience has taught me what it means to support businesses around you,” she said. “Growing up, I watched the impact that it had when we would have local dog groomers or hairdressers eat in our cafe. We got to know them and their families, and we trusted them. So we wanted to repay the favor and give them our business, too. We built relationships and connections that bonded us. And now, we’re all in a tough situation.”

Elizabeth Ucles, Olivia Lueckemeyer, Makenzie Plusnick, Miranda Jaimes, Ian Pribanic and Anna Herod contributed to this report.


Grizzly Burger House's menu includes the Hawaiian cheeseburger and more. (Courtesy Grizzly Burger House)
Grizzly Burger opens in Richardson and more DFW-area news

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Frisco City Council on Jan. 19 approved project and financial plans for the city’s sixth tax incremental reinvestment zone. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco council approves project, finance plans for Hall Office Park tax reinvestment zone

The city of Frisco is moving forward with plans to build out infrastructure around Hall Office Park.

Chicken-fried steak and eggs ($11.99) are served with hash browns and Texas toast. (Courtesy The Cottage)
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Low T Center, which focuses on addressing underlying causes of men's health issues, is set to open in February. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Low T Center to open new Frisco location

Low T Center, a men’s health care clinic, is expected to open in February

Sushi Box is set to open in west Frisco sometime in early summer 2021. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sushi Box coming to west Frisco in summer 2021

A new sushi joint is coming to west Frisco in summer 2021, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Presidium at Edgestone, which opened in summer 2020, recently completed its final phases of construction. (Courtesy Presidium at Edgestone)
Presidium at Edgestone active-adult luxury community now open in Frisco

Construction has finished on Presidium at Edgestone, Frisco’s first luxury community for active adults.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

Volunteers prepare care packages for those found unsheltered and facing homelessness on the night of the point-in-time count in 2019. (Courtesy Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance)
Annual homelessness count adapted to answer questions brought on by pandemic in Collin, Dallas counties

The point-in-time count in Collin and Dallas counties will not look like it has in recent years, when upward of 1,000 volunteers would canvas the streets to get an accurate count of the number of unsheltered residents facing homelessness.

Bigdash started when Asmaa Khattab began experimenting with Arab ice cream, also called bousa, and kanafeh recipes at home. (Francesca D'Annunzio/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bigdash to celebrate 1 year of serving kanafeh in Frisco

Bigdash, a bakery selling Middle Eastern sweets, is marking its first anniversary.

As of November, Sylvan Learning in Frisco has new owners. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sylvan Learning in Frisco now operating under new ownership

In late November, Nizar Bhulani and Frank Kesh bought seven Sylvan Learning locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including one in Frisco.

After pandemic-related delays, the sauna fitness studio is gearing up to open a new location in west Frisco. (Courtesy Hotworx)
HotWorx sauna fitness studio coming to west Frisco

Hotworx is opening up a new Frisco location at the intersection of FM 423 and Stonebrook Parkway in west Frisco.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.