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The current administration is taking actions that are having and will continue to have a severe impact on the restaurant scene in the US. Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and Hondurans legally in the US for decades have lost their protected status and will be sent packing soon. Guest worker programs have been curtailed, leaving Maryland without enough crab pickers and 55% of California farmers short of workers. But the members of the administration are happy to dine out at establishments staffed by the very people they are trying to eject. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen amply demonstrated that yesterday in her particularly tone-deaf decision to eat at a Mexican restaurant. I believe the DC restaurant community could do a service by providing recognition to the contribution of immigrants in nearly every restaurant in the region. What would happen if our politicians, political appointees and career civil servants received a small card with each meal stating something along the lines of "this meal was prepared by immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Mexico, and Guatemala. Termination of the Temporary Protected Status program for workers from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua will cause a restaurant labor shortage in the coming years?" In order to avoid ICE harassment, the card would likely need to include a statement that the restaurant uses E-Verify to confirm that all workers are entitled to work in the US. At a minimum, such cards would make it hard for our Administration to ignore the fact that they benefit from the contributions of immigrants everywhere they go.
I just got word that hiring has begun at VEDGE. Please forward resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details to follow as I learn of them. I am so excited about this opening more than any other restaurant. Here in Lancaster, both Vedge , along with V street are a local favorite to vegetarians, and carnivores alike. Makes me kind of wish I live back in the District. Almost. Just the messenger, kat
Applebees Installing tablets and will cut back on wait staff and bartenders. OMG. This is a significant technological change that will have severe repercussions on front of the house staffing. The tablets can take orders accept payments and have entertainment capabilities. Evidently other restaurants or chains are also making these changes.
At a recent meal, we were surprised by a couple of activities that were going on during our meal. First, the hostess was seated in the front dining area completing some sort of filing and paperwork. Second, a manager or owner was giving instructions to an employee, quite loudly, in front of guests. We both thought it was odd, particularly giving instructions in public, and it took away from the relaxing ambiance we were hoping to find. If it matters, the hostess was doing her greeting and seating duties quite well, but she was also supposed to be refilling drinks, and there were many dry glasses in the room. Is this the new "normal?"