Small business owner Reynaldo Faustino has reopened Bitoy’s BBQ and Bistro Marianas after closing them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from providing livelihood for his staff, Faustino said he reopened his two businesses so he could again serve the community, especially during these tough times.
“Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about dealing with the same difficult circumstances the whole world is put into. Creating small moments of happiness in our days will help elevate our mood and make us feel calm,” he said.
Faustino said he was forced to temporarily shutter Bistro Marianas, located behind Bank of Guam in Chalan Piao, and Bitoy’s Barbecue, located inside Sugar King Park, last March 16 as an initial response to COVID-19 and the social distancing measures implemented by the local government.
“During the month of a total shutdown of our businesses, I made myself adequately informed about COVID-19 and its consequences. But then, I realized that nothing will move forward if we continue to wait,” he said.
It also dawned on him that his employees also needed to go back to work to earn a living and have a normal life despite of the situation.
“The businesses themselves were just recently established and I need to find ways to make them stable and generate income sufficient to continue their operations,” he added. “We all have our own ways to fight the effect of this pandemic and at the same time, we keep ourselves responsible to avoid the spread of the virus on this island.”
So with all precautions in place to keep his staff and customers as safe as possible from contracting COVID-19, Faustino reopened his twin businesses.
Like all restaurants and other food establishments on island, Bistro Marianas and Bitoy’s BBQ’s offerings are only available for take-out.
“We are also promoting our platters for only $30 each set at Bistro Marianas. People might ask, ‘why platters?’ Because we believe that sharing good food with your loved ones brings happiness and creates powerful memories of how your family was able to bond despite the challenging circumstances,” said Faustino.
For Bistro Marianas, three sets are available for take-out: Set A comprises of tempura shrimp, chicken inasal, grilled squid, and fried rice; Set B is breaded shrimp, fish fillet, fried chicken, and garlic rice; and Set C includes chicken inasal, grilled squid, breaded pork, and titiyas.
Bistro Mariana is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday-Friday, with last call at 1pm. For orders, call 235-1944.
Items available at Bitoy’s BBQ are its bestsellers roasted pork belly or liempo and roasted whole chicken. It also sells a variety of barbecue such as pork stick, chicken stick, pork ears, pork intestine (isaw), hotdog on a stick, and chicken leg quarters. Others in the menu are grilled tilapia, grilled milkfish, and grilled squid that are stuffed with fresh tomatoes, onions, and other spices.
Bitoy’s BBQ is open daily from12pm to 8pm. For orders, call 286-2370.