Hi my friends,
It's Momma King here writing to you. Thank you for visiting this page.
My dears, things are tough these days for restaurants, if you've heard about us you know we are asking for donated first responders meals to still get business and bring food to those who most deserve it right now.
In addition we're continuing the takeout and delivery service that the City of Boston has allowed restaurants to do.
Still, it was not enough. We began asking for donations through our website, www.villamexicocafe.us/covidhelp, to "adopt" an employee's wages or buy a "virtual burrito." We are staying open with limited hours so that our team can still earn something, anything.
Still, it is not enough. With the current pandemic mandate of staying at home until May 4 we are frankly doubting whether or not we can still stay open. What is coming in for sales is less that what is coming out as expenses, not just min payroll but in food purchases and utilities.
A friend of our ours informed us that Go Fund Me will match $500 for businesses that raise $500 or more through their #SmallBusinessRelief effort, and while we do have the request for donations on our website, we figured it would be worth a shot to try here, too. We are also in the process of applying for an SBA loan. Overall, any and all funds raised will essentially help us stay in business.
For reference, most small independent restaurants like us cost A LOT more than what you'd imagine to stay open for business.
Here's a basic look at our recurring monthly expenses:
Rent and business loans: $15,000
Produce and supplies: $8,000
Quarterly expenses: $3,000
Every month, it takes between $40-$45,000 to keep our doors open and our team employed. We have managed to pay our March bills, and are starting to use our savings (penny pinchers here) to pay for April, but at the rate we are going we will not make it to May and we will have no backup to come back to business in June? July? Whenever we can come back?
If you can help give anything, it will help. If you can donate a meal to first responders, it will help. If you can share this effort on social media to raise awareness, it will help. What we've come to realize and accept is that our communities, our customers, will keep us open, and together we will help each other.
Thank you <3
- Allen Wong
- Arielle S