"let ur man drive!"
Last year we raised all of our prices a dollar. It was a pretty drastic change (at least in our heads), but we were able to keep everything on the menu under $15, and we did it for some very specific reasons. Half of that dollar went to paying the health insurance of our employees, the other half was donated to a food based charity in our area.
I’m happy to say that one year later, every one of our employees who wants health insurance has it paid for or at least heavily subsidized by the restaurant. This will always be a blue collar job, I try to pay as well as we can while still running a viable business, but know one is making six figures. That said, our cooks and servers run down and break their bodies everyday to create a place where folks can have a great meal and enjoy themselves. It is incredibly important to me that they have access to health care (and not just catastrophic coverage). And I just want to thank everyone who eats here for helping us do just that - and to know that with every dish that you eat here, you help provide twelve full-time, fair-wage, fully insured jobs to people who live in the community. This industry has subsisted for far too long on exploited workers who don’t get taken care of. We refuse to participate in that system. I have been lucky enough to work for restaurants that have taken care of me, and will gladly sacrifice profit to do the same for our cooks, dishwashers, servers, and bartenders.
The other fifty cents of that money gets donated every month to either the RI Food Bank or the Amos House. These groups help address hunger, a very real problem in our country. It is also absolutely abhorrent that it is a problem that exists in a country that is able to produce as much food as we do. With SNAP benefits being cut nationally, the food banks and food pantries in our community are going to need more and more help, and anything that we can give should be. Through your support we have raised nearly $20,000 in the past year for these organizations, and will continue our unwavering commitment as long as we exist as a restaurant. Eating out is a luxury, an important, soul satisfying luxury, but a luxury nonetheless. We are blessed that we have folks that can afford to do it here - and we want them to know that with every dish they order, they help someone who has trouble putting any food on the table at all.
I love you Rhode Island. Forever.
Our neighborhood can be crappy at times for various reasons (whatup dickbags that broke into the car!). but then there are things like this from one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants and you remember that there are pretty awesome people in the neighborhood.
If you’re ever in Providence, go to north, you won’t be disappointed.
Fuck New York
Fuck San Francisco
Fuck every city, move to Kansas.