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Employee Assistance for Bear Branch Tavern

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Help us help our team!

Dear Vienna,
We only just met. And we were thrilled to be part of this community and to begin to get to know you.
As you likely know by now, Bear Branch Tavern had to temporarily close our doors last week to help keep our team and patrons as safe as possible in light of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Closing a restaurant in a time like this is a difficult decision no matter what, but for a new establishment like Bear Branch it was particularly heartbreaking. We had to seriously consider our hourly (both in the Front and Back of the House) team members who rely on their paychecks and tips to live. These team members just went through a lot of training (without tips!) to learn the ropes and get our restaurant ready for you.

At the Vintage Restaurant Group, our staff IS our family. The team at Bear Branch is a new family and we want to help make sure the family is taken care of and is there for you when we open our doors again. We want to be there to celebrate all of your good times – the birthdays, the holidays, the special events – that make our jobs so fun and fulfilling.

We were open for only 13 days, but already our restaurant – and our team – felt so welcomed by the entire Vienna community.

Many of you have asked how you can help. Please consider contributing to this GoFundMe account for Bear Branch Tavern. All funds raised here will be distributed directly to our hourly employees – fairly and equally – based on full- and part-time employee status.
Please help as much as you can. We appreciate any donation, big or small, and thank you for your support during this challenging time. We can’t wait to get reacquainted with you, Vienna.
– Chris Lefbom and Adam Lubar
    Vintage Restaurant Group


Chris Lefbom
Vienna, VA

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