Mark Hebert is warming up to his new stove very slowly.
Mark is now cooking Hebert's highly sought after gumbo in the Village Foods grocery store in Bryan.
"It's a blessing from God and that's what it boils down to. And I know that," said Mark.
"Anytime you can expand your customer base and show people something new, that's a good thing," said Jim Lewis.
Lewis, owner of Village Foods, extended an invitation to Hebert's to set up shop in his store after a deal for a new location fell through for Hebert's.
"I didn't want to see a business go out of business so this gives them a chance to continue to operate," said Lewis.
Hebert's now shares the space occupied by Stover Brothers Café and owner Charles Stover has no problem with that.
"We wanted another local business person that was going through a change to have an easier transition," said Stover who moved into Village Foods a few years ago.
It's a temporary fix while Hebert's finds a new location. But keeping local business thriving and growing is the main reason Lewis and Stover stick behind their new roommate.
"I just wanted the local business community to stay intact as much as we possibly can. Keep our local guys in business," said Stover.
"To me it's like paying forward the support that I've received over the years when I needed it and they'll do that for somebody too eventually," said Lewis.
For now, Mark is concentrating on his transition to a bigger and cooler kitchen. How Hebert's will run and where it will end up remains to be seen.
"Everything is so unknown right now. They way we're going to operate and everything. That's the only thing we're having a nervous issue about, but we're trying. We're trying to do it right," said Mark.
Hebert's will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. While the Heberts are looking for a new location, they did say a food truck might be a possibility in the future.
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