Houston business owners upbeat about oil economy outlook
July 2, 2017
HOUSTON (AP) — It was still before 11:30, but a steady stream of office workers in starched shirts lined up at Peli Peli Kitchen, a fast-casual South African restaurant in the heart of the Energy Corridor.
The Houston Chronicle reports the heavy lunch traffic was a relief for the owner, Thomas Nguyen, whose 8-year-old business barely survived a two-year oil downturn that torpedoed the corporate events of nearby energy companies, a major source of revenue for Peli Peli. All around him, Nguyen recalled, restaurants were closing.
"That almost destroyed us," Nguyen said. "I don't think we're...