nicks relief

Hello, my name is Derek Wagner, the chef and owner of Nicks on Broadway, here in Providence, Rhode Island.  As many of you may be aware from the news and our social media campaigns, because of the necessary steps of taken to keep the public safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, our restaurants, like so many others in our community and the greater hospitality community beyond have been shut down and are in economic crisis mode and on the verge of collapsing. 

This is not easy for me. I am used to being the one who shows up to support and raise money for charitable causes, and others in need.  For the last 18 years it has been the greatest honor of my life to cook for and serve so many of you at Nicks on Broadway.  Using food and hospitality we've strived to build and cultivate community, teamwork, and togetherness while serving you all. It has brought me, my family and our team immeasurable pride, incredible memories and experiences as we have broken bread with and shared so many special meals and moments with you all over the years. 

With the onset of this health scare and the massive impact it has had on our family and small business, I am facing the brutal reality that we may not be able to continue on. I know that these are challenging and difficult times for everyone, and so many people are in need and out of work and deserving of your support and attention. But as hard as this is to ask, I am responsible for over 50 people whom I care deeply about and who count on me, so I am here, humbled, at your grace and mercy to ask for your help to save our restaurant and afford us the opportunity to continue the work of providing for our staff and serving you and our community.  

This is such an incredibly hard thing to do.  Any support that you can give is important and appreciated, nothing is too small. 

It is my goal that with your support we will be able to:
- Ensure that we can stay open by helping with operating costs we are unable to 
- Create financial relief for my staff that have lost their jobs due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis

We are also offering free or heavily discounted take out meals to:
- Our staff while they are out of work 
-  Children K-12 
-  Medical professionals in our community 
-  Hospitality workers in our community
The funds that we raise will also help offset the cost of providing these free and discounted meals. 

My goal is to continue operations in a Take Out capacity and create the opportunity to reemploy as many of our staff as possible as quickly as possible and continue providing food for our community during this time even if it is unprofitable to do so.  

If you don't have the means to donate I would ask that you please call and write your Senators, Congressman, Mayor and the Governor to express the need for real and immediate relief for the hospitality workers and small businesses during this unprecedented disaster, else so many of our restaurants, cafés and bars you love may not be there much longer.

On behalf of my family and our restaurant family, I thank you for your support during this most difficult time. 

Sincerely and with the deepest gratitude,  

Derek Wagner 

owner and chef of nicks on broadway

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Derek Wagner 
Providence, RI
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