We have the pandemic to thank for Preston Eatery.
The new restaurant, at 1093 Bethel Rd., opened its doors Jan. 11. Amber Preston, who co-owns the restaurant with her mother, Sue, said the two of them began considering opening a restaurant when COVID-19 began, as a way to supplement her mom’s catering business, Preston Catering.
“[We’re] just kind of running with this new idea, and so far it’s paying off for us, so we’re happy,” Preston said.
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Preston said her mom started Preston Catering in 1995. For the last seven years, they had been offering grab-and-go, take-and-bake meals as well.
Enter the pandemic. Prior to it, they were selling maybe 25 meals per week, Preston said. Now, they sell close to 400 grab-and-go meals weekly.
While the grab-and-go meals were experiencing a surge in popularity, the pandemic had the opposite effect on the catering business.
Preston said they decided to renovate their space to turn it into a small restaurant with sandwiches, salads, and a variety of desserts.
“Everything we do is homemade,” she said. “And we take a lot of pride in that.”
Preston said she and her mom plan to have homemade lemonade and drinks for the summer months. They’re also resurrecting their catering, creating a menu of pick-up items people can get by calling ahead.
Preston Eatery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit prestoneatery.com.