If you follow me or my family business on Instagram you’ll know that on November 1, 2020 we made the difficult decision to close our restaurant. This was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make but we just couldn’t do it.
When the lock down in Los Angeles County began in March we had been home from the hospital for 2 weeks. We were so scared as new parents and disappointed that friends and family weren’t able to see Micah. But we were even more worried about our family and employees still working in the restaurant. In a matter of days our daily sales were cut by over 60%. As an entrepreneur that manages a team, their safety and health were my top priority.
I was thinking about how we can keep serving our customers and make some sales all while trying to keep our family and team safe. We thought of our online store and decided to refocus ASAP.
Though we were able to refocus over time things were just piling up with no end in sight. We had to make a decision. Should we just continue to hold out while the bills kept piling up? We knew that for us the right decision to close. We were going back and forth about it for months. But finally, in October we decided it was time.
Do I miss the restaurant? Yes and no.
I won’t miss the stress of all the high expenses.
I won’t miss waiting for customers to walk through the door worrying if we would hit our sales goal for the day.
I won’t miss the mean customers.
I will miss our customers turned friends.
I will miss seeing our employees turned family.
I will miss sharing our recipes with our community.
After 12 years, we close this chapter of our lives. It’s not the end, but it’s definitely a new chapter. Though I’m sad, I’m also happy about what the future holds. I’ve learned a lot, over the 12 year life span of our business but also in 2020. But more on that later.
In the meantime, happy new year! Cheers to better days and may we be rich in love, laughs, and happiness.