Since Cote opened its doors in 2017, the community has shown us so much love...and on Monday, due to the strong direction of the CDC and our local government’s mandate, we had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close the restaurant: a community of around 100 employees. It is these very employees who make Cote everything that we know it to be.
As we finished our final service on Sunday, we gathered every team member and thanked them for their loyalty and promised them that this is not the end. We also made a commitment to support every full-time employee with $200 a week and every part-time employee $100 a week for as long as the restaurant could afford it. We also promised we would not leave anyone behind. It may not sound like a lot, but this amounts to $18,000+ per week, and while we are doing everything in our power to sustain it and keep the restaurant alive, it has become abundantly clear that we will not be able to continue for very long. As this crisis unfolds with no end in sight, the only thing I can do as the head of the operation is to ask for more help.
We have already received so much support from every one of you in the form of gift card purchases, steak care packages, love and encouragement. We are grateful beyond words. In light of this, I hesitated to post this plea as it did not seem sensible, but the truth is, these are not sensible times. I am pleading on behalf of my staff, who showed up at Cote through rain or shine, and who will return once it’s safe for us to reopen our doors. They need your help now more than ever.
If you have the ability to donate, 100% of every dollar raised through this platform will be paid directly to all 87 of our laid-off team members, including those who do not qualify for unemployment. This will directly sustain our effort to continue mailing them weekly checks and providing additional emergency assistance including care packages, food and water to those who need it most.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your love and generosity. Please stay safe and well. We can’t wait to serve you all again.
With Love & Care,
Proprietor, Cote Korean Steakhouse
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