Umbrella Fella’s meals truck suffered extreme setbacks through the COVID pandemic, however Houston intensified

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A Houston business owner faced a crash and robbery in addition to a global pandemic.

It’s been one major setback after another for Umbrella Fellas, which specialize in hot dogs, burgers, and more.

On Thursday evening, they unveiled a brand new food truck and had many customers at a distillery who pledged to raise funds to help.

“It’s really good,” said Paula Dalton, a satisfied customer. “The fries are really crispy the way I like them, so this is like top-notch meal to me.”

Eleazar Perez, the founder of Umbrella Fellas, was able to rekindle the grill thanks to a donating community.

This came after someone broke into his car and robbed him last week.

“Basically, I had my laptop, iPad, some business documents and the like,” he said. “You know, of course I have my money in there.”

He said the thieves got away with thousands of dollars that he would use to grow his business, which barely survived the shutdown of the pandemic.

“We have been closed,” said Perez. “Unfortunately, many of the bars and clubs we were founded in have closed. So we had nowhere to build.”

Before that, a crash in 2019 had also clouded his dreams.

“A car actually got into my food truck and hit me, and we went through a whole situation that lasted about a year and a half,” he recalls.

Despite the setbacks, Perez is not giving up.

Donations are made online and in person from people who love food and have what it takes to help.

“I worked for an oil and gas company for 30 years. I can pay the electricity bill every month,” said one supporter. “So I’m trying to give something to those little guys who don’t have pillows like that.”

Perez said he was happy and grateful for the city’s support.

“When we have the community behind us, it’s like we haven’t missed a step,” he said. “We know that we will overcome this and continue to do what we do and be a little smarter about it.”

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