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What we’re doing to keep you safe

March 13th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “What we’re doing to keep you safe”

Your health & safety is our top priority.


Dear Hawkers’ Fans,

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an increased impact on our communities, we feel it’s important to connect directly with you to share more information about the steps we’re taking in each of our restaurants to help keep you, our team members, and our communities safe and healthy.

The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority and will continue to be as we monitor the COVID-19 situation.  We pride ourselves on holding incredibly high standards for cleanliness, deep cleaning and sanitizing our restaurants continuously as a part of our day-to-day business practices.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve increased the frequency and extent of those heavy cleanings, in addition to adding resources like CDC-approved hand sanitizer throughout the restaurant for both guests and team members. We have also increased the number of times each hour that our team members sanitize heavily trafficked areas in and around the restaurant – items and areas such as door handles, phones, point-of-sale systems, restrooms, etc. This is all in addition to the CDC-grade approved sanitization of items like tables, chairs, menus and more – which our team members sanitize after each and every guest leaves a table.

We’re also ensuring our team members have the information they need to stay healthy or stay home if they aren’t feeling well for any reason whatsoever. All of these practices and our business decisions are informed by guidance from the CDC and WHO, along with guidance from public health agencies and local & U.S. government. We encourage all of our team members and guests to solely rely on information from these very specific trusted sources.

Based on the guidance we have received from all trusted health agencies, our own preparedness and the current state of operations, we are confident our restaurants continue to be safe, and we remain open for business. We will continue to monitor each new piece of information regarding the situation, and we plan to remain open if and only if we can guarantee the utmost safety of our guests and our team members alike.

As always, our hope it is to make it enjoyable and safe for you to have an experience with Hawkers. In addition to our eight current restaurant locations, our teams are ready to serve you via online ordering at

Thank you for trusting us as we continue to provide a safe environment for your families and our amazing Hawkers’ family. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Kaleb Harrell

CEO & Co-Founder



Things Got Broken

June 25th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Things Got Broken”

It’s hard to believe how fast a year can pass.  On June 8, 2018, a ripple was felt around the world when Anthony Bourdain took his own life. On that day my newborn son was exactly one month old – he’s now a little over a year and walking. Life goes on for the rest of us.

It’s rare that someone is so well-known AND so well-liked. I’m not a writer or philosopher or psychologist, but a year ago, I felt the need to jot down my connection to Anthony. I never met the man, although I always hoped to, but my preferences, tastes, business and life were inspired and impacted by his relatability; his realness. 

In the last year, my thoughts and feelings have moved past his connection to food, his connection to Hawkers and his connection to the movement towards authenticity that our generation is desperately pushing forward. Not because these things are unimportant, but because there are things even more important. What resonates today, a year later, is Anthony’s connection to a string of tragic memories that span every lifetime – memories that we all unfortunately share and connect to – with a common thread of depression, addiction, and suicide. After I think about Anthony as a person, I start thinking of him as a heart wrenching statistic – another addition to the list of incredible people who have fallen victim to mental illness. Robin Williams, Kate Spade, friends, employees, colleagues, family members; the list goes on. The list of those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, and panic disorder. I think about those who are getting the help they need – but even more so, I think about those who are not.

Over the last several years, mental illness has gained some awareness, but still nothing relative to its widespread impact. Mental illness is everywhere – with a hotbed right under our noses. It was dubbed the “dark side of the industry” by the Wall Street Journal in an article last year highlighting the addiction, depression and other mental illnesses that are so prevalent in the restaurant world.

So, here we are. In an industry that seems to, at best overlook and at worst promote, toxic lifestyle choices like alcoholism and drug abuse. An industry that depends on the addictive personalities of those drawn to it who feed on the adrenaline rush of a volume shift or the organized chaos of a Friday night behind the line – consider me guilty as charged. Now, we have a choice. We can look at the restaurant industry as a problem that needs to be “solved,” or we can look at it as an opportunity to seize.

Every week I give a 90-minute orientation at Hawkers to all new managers. I briefly explain the origin story, offer perspective on our company’s history, and highlight our mantra, mission and values. One of my favorite parts of the monologue is when I unveil our mantra – be disruptive, always care, never compromise. I explain that “always care” is at the center of the mantra because it holds our organization together. It’s the glue. It doesn’t matter how hard we work or how innovative we are, if it’s not built on a culture of caring, then it is a house of cards. In our industry, we don’t know what that bartender or dishwasher is going home to at night, but we can be sure that for the 4-6 hours they are with us each day that they are surrounded by a community who cares for them. Caring doesn’t mean it’s a free for all, but in fact quite the opposite. Because we place so much emphasis on culture, we have to be that much more careful to be sure no one is taking advantage of it – rigging the system and leaving their teammates as collateral damage. It is a very fine line. 

Our culture is meant to create a safe place where team members can go to someone, anyone, if they are struggling, and seek help. If our organization cannot help them, then we point them to a place or a person that can. 

So, I’m sure you are wondering – is it working? Every week, there are situations that make me think it is — and others that make me question it. At the very least, my hope is that we contribute to pushing the conversation forward. A conversation that isn’t loud enough yet. Mental illness is real, and it impacts many of us and those we love every single day. The world we live in is a wonderful, broken place that is filled with wonderful, broken people – all of us. No one is immune. 

Amidst the celebration of Bourdain Day today, I want to not forget what I felt a year ago – a small taste of what so many feel every day as they mourn their loved ones who were lost in tragedy. I want to remember Anthony’s amazing life, but I also want to remember his tragic death, and continue the hope that we can move towards a world less broken. 


– Anthony Bourdain

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Happy Hawkerdays

November 20th, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “Happy Hawkerdays”

It’s that time of year again! This holiday season, when you give the gift of Hawkers, you will get a little something in return. For every $25 spent on gift cards for your friends and family, you will receive a $5 bonus card that can be used towards your next visit.

Come in between November 29, 2019 and December 31, 2019 to take advantage of this holiday offer!

Buy $25 purchase of gift card(s), get a $5 bonus card.

Buy $50 purchase of gift card(s), get a $10 bonus card.

Buy $100 purchase of gift card(s), get a $20 bonus card.






Gift Cards may only be used for future purchases (not same day).

$50 values may be split across cards in $25 increments.

$100 values may be split across cards in $50 or $25 increments.

Cards can be used at any Hawkers location toward any food/beverage purchase.

Gift card value does not expire. Please make sure to verify all values after issuing cards.

Skip the Straw

Skip the Straw

September 11th, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “Skip the Straw”

The average person uses 1.6 straws per day. It’s no wonder they’re among the top ten items collected every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. In fact, volunteers have picked up more than 9 million straws and stirrers from beaches and waterways over the 30+ year history of the International Coastal Cleanup!

Unfortunately, many more continue to make their way into our ocean, where they pose a real danger to sea turtles, albatross, fish and other ocean wildlife.

In an effort to help reduce the amount of plastic waste in our oceans and waterways, we here at Hawkers will no longer be offering plastic straws to our guests. While plastic straws will still be available to guests upon request, we urge you to take a stand with us and help combat this growing epidemic.

As a way to show our support and kick-off this movement, Hawkers will be giving away stainless steel straws to each of our guests who come in to the restaurants between October 11th and 14th. This straw is our gift to you to show our thanks for your support to this cause!

To learn more about the skip the straw initiative and to make the pledge to skip the straw, visit:

one straw per bar guest, while supplies last. Color options may vary by location and availability. 


August 30th, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “YEAR OF THE HAWKER TAKEOUT CONTEST”

We’re giving one lucky winner free Hawkers takeout for a year! Here’s the DL on how to enter!
Step 1: Order some delicious Hawkers takeout, we’ll slip in an exclusive Hawkers magnet in the bag.
Step 2: Place your magnet on your car, cubicle, locker or anywhere imaginative to Share the Fare!
Step 3: Snap a creative photo of your magnet and tag #yearofthehawker with your social media post to enter the contest.
Stay tuned after October 7th to see if YOU’RE our lucky winner!

No joke… a free year of all your Hawkers favorites. Just be sure and order takeout between September 10 and October 7 (or while supplies last) to claim your magnet!

1. (1) magnet per order
2. September 10 through October 7
3. For carryout customers only
4. Does not apply to any 3rd party delivery service orders
5. Contestants must use the event hashtag to be entered to win
6. One Winner will be chosen and notified via social media
7. While supplies last
8. Promotion applies to food and non-alcoholic beverages only
9. (1) $100 gift card per month for 12 consecutive months

What are you waiting for? Find your nearest Hawkers and order your takeout to keep from missing out!


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