Restaurant Nicholas Staff

What can really be said that hasn’t been said about this life changing event that we are all going through? I never dreamed in a million years that I would ever have to stand in front of my entire dining room staff and explain how they can collect unemployment. 

I had to tell employees that have been loyal to me for 20 years that they are not allowed to work. There is no insurance that covers the losses that Melissa and I will suffer and I have no idea when we will be allowed to reopen, but I have spent very little time worrying about that... 

I have one overwhelming concern and that is the welfare of my staff. Will they be able to pay their rent or mortgage, will they be able to feed their kids? I talked to three other Monmouth County restaurateurs yesterday and between the 4 of us, we laid off over 2000 staff members. Yes, that’s a real number.  I know this is way out of my control but I can’t help but feel that I somehow have let my staff down. Thankfully, not only do we have the greatest staff on the planet, we also have the best customers. 

Yesterday, I received 2 checks in the mail from customers with simple notes basically saying “Thinking of your staff, please see they get the money.” Oh my god, it’s the first time that I had to take a moment to collect my emotions. I've had countless other guests text/email/call to ask how they can help. 

For those that would like to help the staff, I’ve started a Go Fund Me page..... don’t worry, they will get every cent.  

Take care and be well,
Nicholas & Melissa Harary

PS. Please ignore the "Goal amount" on the Go Fund Me Page, The site makes you enter one and we felt uncomfortable making it too high or too low. Let's face it, there is no right answer with this one...

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Melissa Harary 
Red Bank, NJ
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