Hispanic Heritage Month: Ayde Haggins' restaurant offers a slice of pizza and a plate of traditional Peruvian food
News 12 is highlighting a Peruvian business owner during Hispanic Heritage Month
Ayde Haggins is a pillar in the community of White Plains.
The former Miss Peru opened up the first Peruvian restaurant in White Plains in 2016 then took over Nicky's Pizzeria across the street. Diners can now get a regular slice and a plate of traditional Peruvian food.
She is also active in the community, having been recognized for her business and working tirelessly on issues impacting immigrants.
When the pandemic hit, she stepped up and donated food to staff at a nearby hospital.
She had no idea that the men and women she was feeding would soon be her own life line when she contracted COVID in April 2020.
"Almost, I am passed away," said Haggins. "I was two months on the tube and later I was internal bleeding."
She fell into a coma, but survived.
"I think it's God, he wanted me to stay here working more," said Haggins.
She said that experience changed her life.
"It give me more opportunity to help," said Haggins.