Hi everyone, I'm the Human Resources admin for Mama Vang's award winning food stall, BANGKOK 96 STREET FOOD, which is located inside the Detroit Shipping Company. I'm also her proud daughter who is hurting for our hourly paid staff. As of last night (3/15/2020) we made the tough decision to temporarily close our humble 160 sq ft kitchen until April 5th, in hope to help flatten the COVID-19 curve to keep our staff and patrons safe until things calm down.
As a result, we have 11 front-of-the-line prep chefs/chefs/cashiers who will miss 3 weeks of pay. Mama Vang was hoping to keep her business open because she spoke to the staff and they said they needed the job. There were also a few employees who were afraid to work so we gave them the option to not come in (including myself). This has been one of the most difficult decisions made, so we are asking that if you've ever eaten a meal by Chef Genevieve Vang or attended the charitable events she volunteered and kindly donated to, please consider donating $10 (the price of our beloved signature dish, The Pad Thai Roll). So many of you have enjoyed and marveled, taking photos of her food creations since our 2018 Detroit opening and at Bangkok 96 Dearborn.
This is the support you will give: 100% of the collected funds will be split among our 11 hourly-paid staff for the next couple of weeks to ensure they can continue paying their bills and provide essentials for their families. We will also offer paid training on food safety online education so that the team can come back to work with a refreshed food safety mindset. I promise to also not take a salary during the time being to ensure that my team gets paid first. I am grateful for every one of my coworkers and of course, my amazing chef mom! I love them and appreciate their commitment to come to work and make customers happy. Thank you to half of our team for making the drive from Oakland County even through the harsh winter times. Thank you to the Wayne and Macomb County crew that picked up available shifts right after their studies! Furthermore, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for donating! Your small contribution means a lot! Feel free to share this with your network. See you soon!
(Currently, our Dearborn location is still operating and taking carry-out orders only)
- Lori Cybulski
- Rachel Schermaier
- Catherine Gasior