Oasis Restaurant in Puñtulo Viejo was the first restaurant in Puerto Rico to open in 2018, and it’s now closed.
The eatery was a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, but the restaurant went through a hard time last year, after the island experienced Hurricane Maria.
In February, the owner, Juanita Perez, was forced to close her restaurant because she couldn’t find enough food to feed her customers.
The island’s tourism and development directorate (CODED) reported that the restaurant had a staff of just 30 people and had no operating room.
Maria also hit Puerto Rico hard, and the island was unable to feed its people for months, causing a food shortage.
Since then, the restaurant has been closed, but it remains open to eat food.
Oasis reopened on April 30, 2018, according to local media reports.
Puerto Rico has only three restaurants that can serve food outdoors, according the CODED.
The restaurant in Puíl Vila has only a small menu, but has been popular with locals.
“We’ve had a good time serving food to people.
It’s nice to have a place like this, it’s nice that we can serve these people,” Oasis owner Perez told The Associated Press.
But the restaurant is still struggling financially, with a recent loan of $100,000 from the island’s government.
Perez said the island will need a $5 million loan to reopen the restaurant.
The city of Puerto Vallata reported a loss of more than $400,000 in 2016, according CODES data.