BY VINCE REMBULAT
“This too shall pass.”
Carissa Weber used this adage in reflecting these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s what the original Mama Weber (her husband Joe’s mom) would say during the tough times,” said the owner of Mama Weber’s Southern Kitchen & BBQ at 823 S. Mellon Ave. in the industrial area of Manteca.
Her location is so out of sight, out of mind that she worried about her business when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all restaurants statewide suspend dine-in service for the foreseeable future.
“We had to adjust,” said Weber, who regrettably had to lay-off two new hires after only two weeks on the job.
For now, it’s just her and another employee handling calls for carry-out orders.
“It was challenging, at first,” she said. “We had to be creative.”
With it came new business hours – 2p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays – and a menu based on what’s available. On this day, for example, Weber couldn’t get beef ribs. She did have pork ribs along with her famous beef brisket and Southern fried chicken available.
“We still cook, one customer at a time,” said Weber, who has a saying of ‘fast food isn’t good, and good food isn’t fast.’
As for business, she’s been blessed with loyal customers, with some coming from out of town – Stockton, Modesto, Ceres and Galt, to name a few.
“We’re at one-third (the number of customers) that we normally get,” said Weber, who also relies on social media for updates and specials.
Weber is one of the few Southern kitchens in the area.
She and her husband Joe share their family recipes originating from Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas City.
“People are looking for subsistence,” she said, pointing to her menu choices. “You can only eat so much pizza.”
For more information call 209-823-4227 or visit www.mamawebers4bbq.com