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By Yelena Serrato/The Hesperian Beacon—
FLOYDADA—What started out as an idea, has turned into a reality for this multitalented family.
Bibi Barrientos, a well-known and respected hairdresser and owner of “Bibi’s” Hair Salon has moved into the food truck business alongside her husband Manuel Barrientos, her daughters Jasmine and Amber Ferrer and her son in-law Jerald Henderson. “Kurdside Eatz” is new and locally owned and family operated.
“It all started when I got laid off, I said let’s start the food vendor we always talked about. I didn’t have a job and Amber wasn’t receiving anymore tip money at the restaurant she worked at, so we said let’s go make tacos” explained Barrientos.
However, with a skilled family like this, they have more than just tacos for the community to devour. “We don’t really have a set menu,” said Ferrer. “We are trying to do different varieties of food because a lot of people get tired of the same stuff. You have a problem where you don’t want Dairy Queen all the time.” “We just want something different for the community. You just never know with us; we might start selling snow cones or something” said Ferrer excitingly.
Although Barrientos makes juggling a salon and a food truck business look easy, it takes a lot to manage. “I have to cut a little bit of myself because I have to go and get supplies and stuff like that for the restaurant. It’s getting tough because everything is opening back up. We didn’t think it was going to hit. We just thought about making a couple of extra bucks,” describes Barrientos. “We were really going for like Old Settlers but with everything going on we thought that we should open up and once we opened up, we couldn’t stop,” explained Ferrer. “People started calling us asking when we were going to be open, so we kept it going,” added Barrientos.
It is almost unimaginable to think of operating two different businesses but for Barrientos it’s not an unfamiliar setting. “On my mom’s side is restaurant business and on my dad’s side it’s barber business. It’s in my family. My dad, Rudy, always says own a restaurant or a barbershop because we all eat and we all cut our hair, so I kept that in my mind,” said Barrientos.
“That’s all we do, that’s all we know,” explained Ferrer. “It just moves down the line from generation to generation for us.” “I’m happy that we’ve started something that she (Ferrer) can take over,” Barrientos said.
“Kurbside Eatz wouldn’t be possible without our husbands. They are behind the scenes by helping and supporting us in all that we do as long as we feed them,” says Barrientos laughingly about her husband and son in-law.
“Kurbside Eatz” is open on Saturday’s from 11 am until they run out. Be sure to stop by so you don’t miss out on some home-made delicious food!
Follow “Kurbside Eatz” on Facebook to keep up with specials and new menu items.
The Hesperian-Beacon wishes success upon “Kurbside Eatz” as they begin this new business.