I'd like to thank all our lovely customers-old and new! We are stayin' alive through this crazy year and beyond thanks to all of you.
I think in a way Lago is a kind of anchor for a lot of people right now. And I think we start to appreciate things more when there's a possibility that they might not be there anymore. There is something I would call good that has come out of having to be closed for six weeks, and that is having had time to think about certain issues that are problematic in the restaurant business, such as tip inequity. I'm putting a lot of thought into how to best address the disparity that has always existed in earnings between the front and back of the house, and what I can do to make it more fair all around, because what I know above all is how much I love and appreciate my staff. Many of them have been with me for a long time, people I've worked with shoulder to shoulder and learned so much from. They've helped me figure out how to be a good boss, by which I mean allowing them a certain independence in how they work, so they can feel that they have a bit of ownership in the restaurant, and enjoy feeling proud of it.
Café Lago is thirty years old, and as long as our customers keep coming to order pasta and pizzas, I think we will survive. And when this rough patch is over, we'll celebrate.