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Topic: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2171 on: May 22, 2020, 02:51:18 PM »
Good Lord you and your Rick Bayless... :)


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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2173 on: May 22, 2020, 03:12:41 PM »
Stupid paywall.
I’d like to give you a perspective from the trenches, what it’s like to be a chef and restaurateur right now in Chicago, during the coronavirus pandemic. Our four conjoined Clark Street restaurants — the ones we started in 1987 — are closed, of course, but two of them — Xoco and Frontera Grill — do takeout and delivery business. On a good day, we do about 30% of our regular volume. Most days, much less.

That’s what forced us to lay off over 150 people. Yeah, what makes the independent (especially chef-owned) restaurants unique and different from fast food is that we offer a handcrafted, labor-intensive experience that people seem to love. And the only way to do that is with lots of employees.

Most folks think that our employees are all working entry-level jobs. In our restaurants very few are. Most of our staff have had years of training from schools and other restaurants. Once they join us it takes months — sometimes years — of additional coaching for them to be able to offer the quality of experience everyone has come to expect from us. Far from easily replaceable cogs in a wheel, our staff is our greatest asset.

These folks, many of whom have worked with us for 20 years or more, don’t stay in the restaurant business because they want to get rich. They stay because of passion — because they love creating those memorable experiences that bring so many of you in day after day. They do it in spite of the fact that the dedication to their craft wouldn’t give them a fat savings account to weather this forced shutdown.

Neither is operating an independent restaurant a get-rich-quick scheme. That too is a passion project. Just think about this bold fact. When you spend a dollar in a restaurant, 95 cents of it goes to pay our staff, our huge network of suppliers, our landlords, our city, state and federal taxes, and on and on. Five cents on the dollar profit is pretty slim pickings. We are a $1 trillion industry — the second largest in the country — so if restaurants collapse, we’re taking down a lot of other people with us.

Every day, I read of another handful of independent restaurants that will not be reopening. Most of us couldn’t use the Paycheck Protection Program funds to pay staff and rent while getting back on our feet — the eight weeks in which we had to use the forgivable loan came while we were closed. With fixed costs continuing to mount and the prospect of drastically reduced capacity for months to come, many chefs and restaurateurs are thinking of just walking away. Walking away not only from the businesses that they’ve lovingly crafted, but the staffs in which they’ve invested so much.

That’s what has led independent restaurants to finally band together and have our voices heard. Just a short eight weeks ago, the Independent Restaurant Coalition was formed and has been heard from repeatedly on every major news outlet. Of the 10 places at President Donald Trump’s recent restaurant summit, three were filled by our members.

Independent restaurants are the heartbeat of neighborhoods. They provide welcoming smiles and places to gather. They come through with auction items for the school fundraiser or sponsor the Little League team. Unlike chain places, your favorite spots have sprouted from uniquely neighborhood soil. Not to take care of them would be shortsighted and foolhardy.

lifeline arrived this week in the form of a restaurant stabilization bill, a $120 billion federal grant program called the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act of 2020, or simply, the Restaurants Act, designed to help independent restaurants deal with the long-term structural challenges facing the industry due to COVID-19.

The plan, unveiled by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would provide grant values to cover the difference between revenues from 2019 and projected revenues through 2020. It also would exclude publicly traded companies or chains with more than 20 locations, ensuring the relief gets to the restaurant operators who need it most.

We are hopeful that leaders at the local and national level will champion our cause, recognizing the nation’s 500,000 independent restaurants employ — or more accurately, employed — 11 million Americans. We need the help: food and beverage jobs accounted for a staggering 27% of overall job losses in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while just 8.9% of approved PPP loans went to the food service industry.



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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2174 on: May 22, 2020, 06:09:48 PM »
Stupid paywall.
Why did I not hit a paywall? This is weird.

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2175 on: May 22, 2020, 07:34:27 PM »
bwarb is using the California internet
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2176 on: May 22, 2020, 08:35:47 PM »
I think I might have tennis elbow. 

I don't even play tennis. 

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2177 on: May 22, 2020, 10:03:09 PM »
With Memorial Day coming up, the wife and I watched the movie "Taking Chance", again.  Kevin Bacon is great in it.


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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2178 on: May 22, 2020, 10:15:00 PM »
I'm watching Diners as usual on Friday evening

Guy is great in it
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2179 on: May 22, 2020, 10:58:42 PM »
I got my check.  Hadn't checked my mailbox in awhile.  But I've done direct deposit on my taxes for the past 10 years, so...
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2180 on: May 23, 2020, 12:50:11 AM »
Kevin Bacon is the center of the Hollywood universe.

True story.

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2181 on: May 23, 2020, 07:03:40 AM »
Why is that?I know you'll find it hard to believe but I'm out of the loop there
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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2182 on: May 23, 2020, 07:49:32 AM »
As Mr Cub used to say, “There’s sunshine, fresh air, and the team’s behind us. Let’s play two.”

I'm off to the course.  First tee time 7:30am, 2nd tee time 12:30pm

good day to play 36!

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Re: 2020 Offseason Stream of Unconciousness
« Reply #2183 on: May 23, 2020, 08:08:25 AM »
Why did I not hit a paywall? This is weird.
The Trib allows 10 hits per month without paying. BWar is from Chicago, so he may have hit the 10 for the month.

I'm a paying customer, mostly for reading the John Kass column. Modern-day Mike Royko for me.
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