Friends and neighbors, I come here today to do something I never thought I would do- beg for help. 38 families rely on Zazie for their rent, food, safety, and security and for the first time in 15 years we are not able to guarantee these things. COVID-19 gave us no warning, no time to prepare.
Over half of my staff have been with us for at least a decade, and most of them also have partners in the service industry, so entire families are left with no income. We are maintaining everyone's health insurance (at a cost of $17,000+/ month) but between that and the monthly bills, we can't give them the cash they need to survive right now.
I'd love to believe that the government is going to step in, but since the EDD website is overwhelmed and crashing, unemployment is looking unlikely.
I chose this photo from happier times (our Christmas Party) with the hopes that the memory of Josh's boisterous laughter, Diana's generous smile, Aiden's playful humor, and everyone's warmth over the years would inspire you to give a little something to help them get through. Every penny donated will go directly to the staff.
Our newly acquired Legacy status will protect our lease, but it can't protect our staff, and without them we are not Zazie. If these people lose their homes and cannot come back to us, it will be just the shell of the welcoming, vivacious business that has served Cole Valley for 27 years.
Thank you. I ask this of you, humbled and hopeful,
- Richard Taylor
- Christian Ventrano