Chocolat Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Many years ago, when we opened Chocolat Restaurant in Harlem NYC, we never thought the day would come when we would have to close our restaurant indefinitely. The coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging through New York City has forced us to make that difficult decision. Chocolat was one of the first restaurants to create the resurgence of Harlem and has become a mainstay in the fabric of our community.

Our employees and loyal guests are the foundation of our success. We have had to lay-off our staff at such a difficult time, directly affecting our community and the ability to support their families. Although our employees are not working at this time due to the current crisis, we provide them with a daily complimentary take out meal while maintaining the required social distancing.

  Our mission at ChocolatHarlem, is to create wonderful, memorable experiences for our guests and their families. We do that while providing training and employment for the community since the day we opened our doors. We are directly invested in each other, as we believe it should be.

 We have received many calls, concerns and questions of how we may accept support. We are asking for your support in order to maintain our mission while helping our employees and their families at such an uncertain time. We cannot do this without you. We love serving you and our Harlem community and it is our pleasure to continue doing so as we all go through this storm.

Please join us in this tremendous effort to rise; be assured that all of your support will go to helping our employees and their families. We are truly grateful and thankful for any amount that you are able to give.

 We know for sure, that there are much, much better days ahead.

Leon Ellis


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Leon Ellis 
New York, NY
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