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Bottleneck Management Employee Relief Fund

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In the history of our company, we’ve never seen a challenge like this. Our restaurant group has been forced to take drastic measures, including closing all restaurants and laying off a vast majority of our employees, either temporarily or permanently. These are our friends and colleagues. We’ve been to each other’s weddings, played with each other’s kids, covered each other’s shifts, worked doubles together, and raised countless glasses, in good times and bad.

Hospitality is what we live for. It’s been absolutely heartbreaking to lay off so much of our team. However, we feel confident that the steps we’re taking now are the very best things we can do for everyone in the Bottleneck family and the best we can do in pursuit of a collective and prosperous future. Our top priority is to ensure our employees have a job to come back to.

While managing the fallout of this crisis and beginning to plan how we can make a swift and full recovery, we continue to explore ways to help our team; not just now, but in the future as well. In this time of immediate need, we’ve established this Go Fund Me page. Donations will be dispersed to our employees who need the most help during this coronavirus crisis. For every $500+ donation, a $500 gift card for Bottleneck restaurants will be awarded.

Your help and support at this time are appreciated more than you can imagine.

We don’t want the effort to stop there. We’ve been humbled by the magnitude of this pandemic and want to set ourselves up to be more helpful to our team in the long run. To that end, we’re creating an employee relief fund. This fund will be an ongoing internal effort for our organization, fed into in a number of ways. We envision voluntary payroll deductions for those who wish to contribute, proceeds from merchandise, donations and the like. While this will take time to implement properly, establishing this fund provides a long-term solution for future hardships, should our team members find themselves in need again.

We will be back. Bruised and humbled, but we will be back.

Our industry will be changed forever by this. Bottleneck will be changed forever. But change can be a beautiful thing, and ultimately, a cause for celebration. While this will always be remembered as one of the darkest parts of our journey, we look forward to not just getting back to business, but to emerging from this as a community that’s closer, more grateful and more joyful than ever before.

To all who work with us, to all the guests we’ve served over two decades, we humbly salute you… and we will so cherish the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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  • Charlie Scott
    • $500 
    • 4 yrs
  • Casey Ten Bruin
    • $340 
    • 4 yrs
  • Christine Kimball
    • $500 
    • 4 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $500 
    • 4 yrs
  • David Brooks
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Bottleneck Management
Chicago, IL
Nate Hilding

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