|Time to get off my ass.
Democracy, listening, love, acceptance, routine and resiliency are among the bullet points as a prominent restaurateur addresses his legions.
I’m reminded that during those crazy days following the 9-11 attacks, the Public House fulfilled its founding promise as a place designed to encourage thinking and togetherness. By contrast, on Wednesday this week it felt as though I had no place to go to begin plotting a future course.
By the end of the day, it was becoming very clear to me that I need another space — another soap box, another “poor man’s university” — with good beer, of course. It’s time to get going on that. If there is to be a principled opposition, it needs to have a place to relax.
Danny Meyer has good things to say in his letter, and it’s worth reading in its entirety. He closes with a brief outline of “enlightened hospitality,” which once might have struck me as corporate gobbledygook, but now bears an element of pro-activity. You don’t wait until hard times to practice it. Rather, you do it all the time, every day.
Read Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Post-Election Letter to Employees, by Whitney Filloon (Eater)
As America simultaneously celebrates and mourns Donald Trump’s presidential victory, chefs and restaurant owners are also split on how to feel … following Tuesday’s surprise election results, restaurateur extraordinaire Meyer penned a lengthy letter to employees of Union Square Hospitality Group — which is made up of more than a dozen restaurants including Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern — attempting to make sense of things, and to figure out where to go from here.