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Special advertising feature | Bubba Gump marks down prices

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BUBBA Gump has reopened with a redesigned menu and more affordable prices, Triple J chairman and chief executive officer Bob Jones said on Tuesday.

Bubba Gump now offers $9.95 lunch specials, which include Shrimpin’ Dippin’ Broth, Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken, ½ lb. All-American Cheese Burger and Fries, Captain’s Fish and Chips, Shrimp Caesar Salad, and Tinala Katne.

Dinner specials consist of Dixie Baby Back Ribs and Chinese Chicken Salad and Shrimp Scampi.

Other favorites such as Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken, Shrimp New Orleans and Forrest’s Seafood Feast are now available for $14.95 only.

Bubba Gump general manager Ringo Medina said they are also offering local favorites such as Tinala Katne and Chicken Kelaguen, to name a few.

For his part, executive chef Ben Babauta Jr. said they have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the restaurant. Moreover, all staff members are complying with the recommended safety measures, he said.

“We’ve always had a lot of local people at Surf Club, Tony Roma’s and Capricciosa, but we have not had as many locals here as we would like to have,” Jones said, referring to Bubba Gump.

 

Bubba Gump’s Shrimpin' Dippin' Broth is now available for $9.95.

 

Triple J chairman and CEO Bob Jones, center, led the reopening of Bubba Gump on Tuesday morning. Also in photo are Bubba Gump general manager Ringo Medina, left, and executive chef Ben Babauta Jr. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“We want to make a statement today that we are going to put prices based on what the income is on the island,” he added.

“We are trying to develop the menus and prices so that it will entice locals to eat here at Bubba Gump,” he said, adding that before the pandemic, 95% of its customers were tourists.

Like all businesses on island, Jones said they have been affected by the pandemic.

When Bubba Gump started four years ago, it had 64 employees — it is now operating with 32 staff members.

“We have a good team here [but] some of our employees have been furloughed and some of them have to go home because their visas will expire in September,” Jones said. “It has been a tough time for our employees and we have to work together to try to overcome all of these challenges.”

Jones at the same time thanked the people for patronizing Tony Roma’s and Capricciosa, which permanently shut down on Sunday night. 

“Our lease has expired and we could not justify renegotiating for the long term, not knowing what would happen the next year or so,” he said.

 

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