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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 www.eathawkers.com.

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. 

 

“IT’S BEEN AN ADVENTURE. WE TOOK SOME CASUALTIES OVER THE YEARS. THINGS GOT BROKEN. THINGS GOT LOST. BUT I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED IT FOR THE WORLD.”
– Anthony Bourdain

Lanterns of Love: May 2018

April 30th, 2018 Posted by Blog, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Lanterns of Love: May 2018”

Hawkers Asian Street Fare is proud to partner with Easterseals Florida with the “Lanterns of Love” campaign. This May, show your support by donating a “Lantern of Love” to hang in a participating Hawkers location*.

Easterseals Florida

About The Easterseals Camp Challenge

Easterseals Camp Challenge is a fully accessible facility located on 63 wooded acres in Sorrento, Florida. Our camp provides a unique experience for children and adults with disabilities and special needs to have the opportunity to actively participate in camping activities, engage in social interaction with peers and achieve life changing experiences. From campfires to hiking on the nature trail to climbing the high ropes course, campers engage in a variety of enriching outdoor activities in a natural Florida setting.

Camp Activities

Most of the camp’s activities, although geared around having fun also possess a therapeutic component. Our camp provides a respite to families who need to exhale from the stress of being a full time caregiver. Campers stay with us overnight and so there is an emphasis on independence prompting for dressing, eating, hygiene and other skills of daily living. The activities available at camp include many enriching and fun opportunities such as: climbing a ropes course, participating in drama and music groups, archery and shooting range, learning to swim, sports and games, social events, and much more. For many campers, camp is an annual tradition with some individuals having attended camp for over 20 years.

Easterseals Day Break

Easterseals Florida

Easterseals Day Break at the Miller Center in Orlando provides person-centered, adult day care services for adults, seniors, and veterans experiencing dementia, developmental delays, memory impairment, or any other need for personal care (if we want to delete the bullets). Members enjoy activities designed with each individual in mind to benefit their core balance, cognitive and motor skills, problem solving, socialization and other important skills. Easterseals aims to bring a sense of independence, stimulation, and contribution to the quality of life of members and their families. Participation in the adult day program allows time for caregivers and family to work outside the home and provides support for caregivers and other family members.

Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants ensure that every member of the Easterseals family is cared for through health monitoring, medical care, and administration in a safe, familiar environment. Easterseals’ Arts and Wellness program provides activities that focus on the arts to enhance quality of life by allowing all members to express themselves creatively. The Activities Staff specializes in designing and facilitating research based programs from recognized partners. These unique experiences improve physical and psychological well-being.

Easterseals FloridaThe Murray Child Development Center

In Tampa, The Murray Child Development Center serves children 12 months to 5 years of age where we assist families with preventive health care, serve as a liaison between a child’s physician and the school, implement therapy and early intervention plans in the classroom setting. We use Beyond Cribs and Rattles and The Creative Curriculum for Preschool which are comprehensive research-based curricula that feature exploration and discovery as ways of learning.

Our teachers modify their classroom curriculum as needed such that each child receives specialized instruction which meets their unique needs. Each child is screened for delays upon enrollment and at their birth month using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ). Based on these ASQ’s and any additional information provided by the family, physician or therapist, goals are created. The teachers work collaboratively with therapists and families to support success in reaching goals and developmental milestones.

Easterseals Florida

Easterseals Florida

Together we can change the way the world defines and views disability.

The issues facing people with disabilities has become increasingly complex in the 21st century. But together, we can work to seek a society in which everyone is included and valued for who they are, free to strive for what they want, educated to pursue the career they want and encouraged to follow their dreams.

 

DONATE TODAY!

 

To donate please visit Easterseals online here, or visit your local participating Hawkers Asian Street Fare.

*Visit Hawkers Asian Street Fare for more details. Participating locations include: Orlando, Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, St. Pete
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