Covington’s AmerAsia is selling frozen dumplings to support restaurant and staff as kitchen undergoes repairs

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AmerAsia, the beloved KungFood Chu of Covington, announced last week that it would be closing its restaurant for a period after learning that its range hood was broken.

In a Facebook post, the restaurant – which has been undertaking major dining room and patio upgrades during the pandemic – reached out to customers to see if people would be interested in buying packs of frozen dumplings in order to continue to support their team of 20 people.

And after an overwhelmingly positive response, AmerAsia will start throwing dumplings from 5 p.m. today (July 26). In addition to frozen ravioli, the restaurant will be selling bottled sauces, gift cards and merchandise during this time, and has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover their losses.

The restaurant will remain open tonight with a menu of small bites and a full bar. See the post about the menu offer on their Facebook page.

“While we’re down, we’ll also be making improvements to the menu leaning more towards traditional Taiwanese cuisine, well-balanced lunch options and a variety of dumplings,” it read on Facebook.

On June 1, AmerAsia announced that after recovering from a difficult year marked by a pandemic and renovations, it was no longer in financial difficulty and was able to increase the hourly wages of its tipped staff by 2, $13 per hour at $5.50.

“Since we reopened our business for catering service in mid-April, we are no longer desperately struggling to make ends meet and are finally bringing in a pre-COVID level of income,” reads one. another post on Facebook.

“While we know it’s not a jaw-dropping increase, it’s an improvement nonetheless. We’ll do our best to increase that salary by doing things like selling more merchandise to redistribute profits to our staff over time. But, as a Chinese restaurant, we feel we can’t charge that much for our food and still be competitive,” the post continued.

But, luckily, the local restaurant has suffered another setback and needs the support of the community.

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