Support for Atofam

Over the past few days, we have received numerous emails and calls from our team. Some of these calls were regarding our team members potentially leaving New York to decline our small fund offer to find a bit more stability and peace of mind elsewhere. Whereas I fully understand and respect their decisions to do so, each and every news of such departure has weighed so heavily in our hearts.

At the core of restaurants are the humans behind them; the team. Without the warmth and talent of the people, restaurant business rarely succeed. Due to the rising costs of living in New York City, it has already lost quite a lot of young, precious, hospitality and culinary talents. I am afraid of what this current state might bring as for the talent make-up for the future of this city. When COVID-19 is long gone (fingers crossed) and economy slowly back to "normal," I don't know if our industry will ever be the same. In order to overcome these challenges, the future of our industry, the young talents need to persevere with us.

Primarily to face this circumstance, Ellia and I along with our salaried managers had put together a collective fund to alleviate the financial burden that has suddenly struck our Atofam. Despite our efforts, the fund was microscopic compared to mound of rent, student loans, utilities, medical bills, and familial support that our team members now have no means of meeting. In order to support our 40+ young, brilliant hospitality and culinary talents of our Atofam, we have now created this public fund. This fund will be distributed to: 1) all of our employees who's been with the company for 6 months and longer at the time of our closure (3/17/20), 2) all of our employees excluding those who have chosen to file for unemployment before  3/30/20), and 3) distributed according to length of employment at the company. It is our hope that your care and love for Atofam will be resonated to all of our team members in this dire time of need.

Every little bit will be helpful, and with each dollar we hope to continue to nurture our team's dreams of becoming the future leaders of this industry that we will need -- from world-renowned chefs to sommeliers and managers and more.


JP & Ellia

몇일 사이에 몇명의 직원들에게 이메일과 전화를 받았습니다. 직원들을 위해서 펀딩을 통해 조금이나마 도움을 제공해주려는 것 감사하지만 안전과 좀 더 안정된 삶을 위해서 뉴욕을 떠난다는 연락들이었습니다. 그들의 선택을 이해하고 존중하지만 한편으로 가슴이 너무 무거웠습니다.

레스토랑 비즈니스는 사람이, 팀이  제일 중요합니다. 뛰어난 사람들이 없어서는 비즈니스를 성공하고 유지하기 힘듭니다. 그동안 뉴욕은 비싼 렌트 등의 이유로 많은 영탤런트 들을 놓쳤습니다. 하지만 이번 사태를 통해서 또 얼마나 많은 꿈을 찾아 온 젊은이 들이 이 곳을 떠날까 두렵습니다. 코로나가 종식되고 경기가 회복 되더라도 아마 우리 인더스트리는 힘든 시간을 보내게 될꺼 같습니다. 이 힘든 시기를 빨리 극복하기 위해서는 이들 영탤런트들이 우리와 함께 해야 합니다.

아토보이 아토믹스에서는 저와 엘리아 그리고 모든 매니져들이 삭감한 임금을 펀드로 만들어 제공하지만 너무나도 이들의 집값, 생활비, 론을 갚는 금액으로 사용하기에 부족함이 많습니다. 그래서 저희도 이 40명이 넘는 우리의 젊은 꿈이 많은 친구들을 지원하기 위한 펀드를 만듭니다. 이 펀드에서 조성되는 금액의 100%는 투명하게 우리 직원들에게 제공이 될 것입니다. 그리고 지원해주신 분들의 명단도 꾸준히 저희 팀원들에게 공유해서 이 힘든 시기에 여러분의 따스함을 함께 나누도록 하겠습니다. 

작은 도움이라도 우리 직원들이 희망을 가지고 이 곳 뉴욕에서 꿈을 꾸고 멋진 셰프로 매니져로 소믈리에로 레스토라너로 더 멋진 커뮤니티를 만드는데 도움이 될 것입니다.

화이팅!! 아자

This campaign has been organized by Ahris Kim, the GM of Atoboy LLC., in conjunction with the owners of the restaurants Atoboy & Atomix -  Junghyun (JP) and JeongEun (Ellia) Park. The funds will directly benefit our staff who has suddenly become unemployed due to the global pandemic, and the withdrawals will be distributed to our team members to continue their livelihood while they are in lockdown at their homes here in New York.


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    • $200 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team: Atofam (7)

Ahris Kim
New York, NY
Gregory Teng
Team member
Hasung Lee
Team member
Jhonel Faelnar
Team member
Kihyun Park
Team member

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