Friday, July 31 2020
Anyone who has worked in the restaurant industry knows what a special bond we all share. Servers, kitchen staff, managers, bartenders, bussers and dishwashers - we are part of a community. A big, eclectic family full of people of all backgrounds and walks of life. And while we may share drastically different views and opinions on everything from politics to what we like to put ketchup on, when we come together to work, we are one. We’ve got each other’s backs. Need a hand with an extra tray of food? A ride home? A covered shift? We are there for each other, whether it’s to clean a table or share stories over a beer at the end of the night. And that means something.
Restaurant workers just get each other, and when we are away from work for too long, we miss that sense of camaraderie, of togetherness, of loyalty. After all, hospitality is what we do. In a way, it’s who we are.
Our industry is in a time of crisis right now. Many restaurants have had to scale back capacity, make difficult changes to the way they operate, and temporarily close their doors. Some have even had to close permanently. The loss of those bars, clubs and restaurants has touched many of our lives. We have lost jobs, yes. But we also lost parts of our extended restaurant/bar family. And that hurts. Los Angeles has been scarred, there is no way around it. But all is not lost.
In fact, if there is one thing our family excels at no matter the circumstances, it’s building each other up. That’s just who we are, and that will never change.
We will come back from this crisis. We will pour drinks, we will make people smile again, we will laugh together again, work together again, and have each other’s backs again And again and again. Right when it matters most.
Let’s get back out there, Los Angeles restaurant workers. WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!