Over the past forty years of being in the restaurant business, I have never, ever thought that a virus would take a restaurant down, never mind, an entire industry. But today was a day that I never thought would arrive. I had to tell my entire staff that they no longer had a job. It was a difficult day.
The staff at Noble Fin is one of longstanding. Many of them have been with the restaurant for two plus years. They call each other the "Mature Staff." The staff has always been on time, helps each other, although at times they get on each others nerves. Of course, I have to play the referee and explain to all of them that they are all needed so they need to get along. For the for the most part, they all work together to take care of the guests and they do a great job. The cooks go out of their way to cook, recook, and cook again that perfect medium steak. The dishwashers wash the dishes in one hundred and eighty degree water, and the servers, bartenders, food runners, and bussers all work together to make sure that all of the guests have that perfect dining experience. So for working with the staff during slow and busy times, I have never had the thought that a virus would take us down or I would ever have to tell the staff that they were no longer needed.
The entire staff arrived today for the meeting. They knew what was coming. The Covid-19 virus has been all over the news for months now, and every media outlet in the USA has been telling people NOT to fly, NOT to dine in a restaurant, and NOT to stand close to each other. So I had to tell the staff that we were closing for two weeks with the hopes that this virus gets through and then we will be able to open in April. It was tough for me but I think the staff understood. With our business dropping to hardly anything within three days, it was apparent that the media had gotten to the guests.
I can only hope that I can bring every staff member back to the restaurant and we begin serving guests again, but somewhere in my mind, I can only think that this "new norm" for the United States will be with us for a six or nine month time frame. I can only hope that the entire staff stays safe, after all , that is the reason why they had to be let go today. To keep them "safe" while working in their own restaurant. How absurd right? How can somebody NOT be safe while working in their own restaurant? It just baffles me and I cannot believe that our country is in this position which will effect every living person in the United States!! But most of all, it will hurt the people that I spend most of my time with. My entire Noble Fin team.
I am planning on opening on April first but am concerned that our staff will not have enough to get by. So I am asking our loyal guests if they have it in their heart and they feel like they are willing to help out the staff, to make a donation and I will make sure that the entire staff receives it. In return, for those who make a donation, I will have a bottle of house wine available for you at the restaurant. All you have to do is email me when you will stop by and I will have the wine ready. For those of you who do not want the wine, I will have six potatoes available for you. As my Grandmother has said to me in the past, (And I cry when I write this) "Six potatoes would feed our family of twelve." With all of this happening in the country, I can only hope that all of you never ever go without a meal and can only wish the best for all of our loyal guests.