Are you having trouble finding toilet paper at your local supermarket?
If so, a local Mexican restaurant has you covered.
Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, 2222 Ella Blvd., started a promotion earlier this week aimed at boosting business and helping members of the community as area grocery stores struggle to keep essential items – including toilet paper – on their shelves. Starting Tuesday, every to-go order placed at Tony’s comes with one roll of TP and a $5 gift card.
City of Houston and Harris County officials have restricted local restaurants to carryout, drive-through and delivery service in an attempt to promote social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.
“What we were trying to do is bring a little humor to a bad situation,” Tony’s manager William Torres said Friday. “We’re giving with each order a thank-you note. One of the lines says, ‘Help the people in your life find the toilet paper they’ve been looking for.’ ”
Like restaurants all over the region, Torres said the restrictions are affecting Tony’s business in a “big way.” A Heights-area staple since 1992, Torres said many of his 55 employees are not working regular shifts because the dining room is closed until at least the end of March.
But the light-hearted promotion has helped. Torres said Friday that Tony’s had already gone through two boxes of toilet paper — there are 60 rolls in a box — meaning the restaurant has had more than 120 to-go orders in the last few days.
“It’s been pretty good, thankfully,” Torres said. “Word started spreading. People were like, ‘We’re here for your toilet paper.’ Everybody knew it was a joke. It was good.”
Tony’s is open daily from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and is offering free delivery. Margaritas and six-packs of beer can be delivered or carried out with food, Torres said.
“Everybody’s been really supportive of us,” Torres said. “We’re trying to stay in business and do what’s possible.”