BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — “It breaks my heart because I built the business from the ground up," said Chef Nas Saada.
Saada is a local chef and former owner of Pita Paradise for five years and is saying goodbye to Bakersfield and his beloved food truck business out of concerns for his children’s health.
“I have five kids. When you work hard all day, and you come home, and you have to take them to the urgent care and the emergency room till two or three o'clock in the morning. One of my sons is in the emergency room today the three-year-old. He cannot breathe," said Chef Nas.
For the past six months, Chef Nas Saada has been spending a lot of time in hospitals because his children have been struggling with asthma and other respiratory issues, he says it is due to the valley air.
Chef Nas, his wife and kids along with his business partner and her family, are all moving to Florida to help his children, but before they leave, they wanted the community to know how grateful they are for their support.
“I know it happened really fast. At the same time, we are leaving a little gem here for people in Bakersfield. We appreciate everybody in Bakersfield for everything they have done for us," said Santiago.
“Just thank you, thank you for making me, me thank you," Chef Nas said.
Chef Nas sold the company to his cousin Chef Mo Saphieh last month in hopes of keeping the family tradition.