Nine customer-facing employees quit their jobs in high-end Spanish restaurants From the sea In DC’s waterfront pier development over the past two weeks because they were disappointed by the way one of the city’s most powerful hospitality groups has treated them, several outlets reported yesterday.
Fabio Trabocchi Restaurant, Which caters to places like luxury tasting menus for the district’s political and social elite Michelin Starred Vial And Big bottle, Del Mar’s dining room had to be closed to the public last weekend – the city’s First three nights in 14 months Restored to full capacity restaurant – following a letter signed by anonymous “servers and bartenders” announcing that some employees “do their job to protest repeated instances of bad behavior and bad faith on behalf of corporate management” Were refusing to do.
Collective action according to reporting from Washingtonian And Washington City Paper, Centered around allegations that the company’s restaurant director had targeted a black waitress with unequal enforcement of the same standards, voiced concerns about her “poor attitude” and expressed concern after retaliation for the waitress Was that the high-level manager was defying DC with a 25 percent cap on internal capacity. According to reports, the waitress reportedly quit the job in mid-May and eight of her colleagues resigned after sending their letters to Fabio Trabocchi. The restaurateur is one of DC’s foremost chefs, with James Beard Award named after him and the location of Fiola that has spread to Miami and Venice, Italy.
The letter changed management’s move from a traditional tipping system (which made the Jamon- and caviar-dispensing venue one of the more attractive restaurant gigs in the city) to a tip-pooling system that takes into account how many The hour an employee works. A former Del Mar server participating in the walkout also alleged that Washingtonian That when a guest at a private party in the restaurant sexually assaulted her with lewd gestures and comments, the management did not assist her in filing a police report and did not identify the hosts to the authorities.
Neither Trabocchi nor Jessica Botta, the group’s media liaison and director of training and culinary development, responded to a request for comment on Eater’s resignation or the server’s allegations against the restaurant group. Bota sent the following statement to Washington regarding allegations of racial insensitivity:
“One principle for our company is fair and equitable treatment with every member of the team, and we will not tolerate anything less. We have the greatest respect for everyone working with the company and finding successful solutions. Are willing to sit down at any time to better understand any differences raised. “
The walkout talks of shifting economic forces within the restaurant industry on a large scale in the final stages of the global COVID-19 crisis. Widely reported lack of staff Has fueled a public debate among troubled restaurant owners, who might (With suspicion) Complain about widespread unemployment benefits while keeping their labor pool low, and hospitality workers who say they are not prepared to risk health and happiness for low wages, unfavorable hours, and professional kitchens. Often toxic environment around.
Workers at the Fabio Trabocchi restaurant also took action, it seems especially on the nose; The stylish Italian chef has created an air of distinctiveness and exuberance, regularly attracting customers from the city’s corridors of power, Including allegedly stingy members of the Trump administration. Brett Kavanaugh, strained for protesters during Supreme Court confirmation hearing The chase Out of right-wing Republican senator Ted Cruz and his wife, Fiola.
Del Mar continued to host previously scheduled private parties over the weekend, with a sign on the door that regular meals were cut due to a “staff shortage”. When the news of the walkout came out on Wednesday, May 26, Del Mar’s website was pasted with a link open call For the posts in front of the house.