Hello Everyone. I hope you are all hanging in there. This overwhelmingly trying time is affecting every single humane on this earth! I do fear for our future. We closed every Subculture Location yesterday. We were forced to lay off 650 amazing, dedicated staff which are all really our extended families. Those 650 have families so this is severely impacting over 1,800 people we dearly care about. It certainly is the hardest day I have ever experienced in my business life. The only way I have been able to deal with this trauma is to only think about the next 24 hours. That and immerse myself into how perhaps we can make the best of an awful situation. We started out by assuring our extended Subculture family of 1,800 that we will provide them with at least 1 meal a day. That quickly grew as we heard from many charities that are being severely strained in providing meals to the needy. Along with the entire hospitality community that is for the most part not receiving any more paychecks.
We decided we will re-open Holweys and set up as a food distribution center. We will be proving free meals to several local charities, any laid off hospitality worker and of course our Subculture family. We will be open Today Saturday from 1pm to 6pm. We will be setting up a que so people do not have to get of there car. They can pull up and we will bring the meal to them. We are suggesting to just pop the trunk and we will place the meals in there unless they will be eaten right away and then roll down the window a bit and have at it. On the menu for today will be Howleys own Shepherd Pie, Ratatouilles from Hullabaloo, and a surprise from Dada. As a special bonus we were able to obtain some precious toilet paper from our supplier so we will be giving 1 roll of TP per car or individual order while it lasts (where the hell is all this TP going still boggles the mind!)
Thank you for every one of our loyal customers that has been over tipping this past week! For those of you who are still receiving a paycheck think about your favorite hospitality worker. They need your help even if its just some emotional support and words of gratitude. We will be open Sunday as well same hours. Our hope is to ramp this up quickly so we can feed a lot of our community in need. We can not wait for our government! This as will most disasters is going to be up to us in the private sector. Lets all work together. Ill be posting a daily menu and more ways you can help. We will need volunteers and funds to keep this going long term.
Be Safe, Try to remain positive (I know its hard! im struggling with it) think only 1 day ahead! Reach out to your friends or just even acquaintances and start chat groups. We need to have an outlet and people we can vent too. Some are stronger than others. This is the time for those that can handle crisis like this to step up and reach out to those that may be more vulnerable.. those without a large extended family, the loners, the downtrodden , you get it! Invite them over for dinner or a movie with your family!
Hope to see you all of you soon on the dance floor . I promise ill but your fist drink! hell ill probably buy all of them ill be so happy were back!