UPDATED! The first 6 months have gone by so quickly. It seems like our last quiz night was just a few weeks ago! The conversation that occurred in January was phenomenal and I think contributed to changes that we saw- not only in peoples’ thought processes but also governmentally! More importantly, the conversation did not stop in January and there is more work to be done. The Now This video popped up again in June, and that alone has generated almost 300,000 views. The story was covered nationally and internationally by BBC, Fox News (do not read the comments!), CBC, USA Today, NPR and more. Of course, there was a lot of local pieces (and thoughts) as well. But what has happened at the restaurant since? We have given almost 1800 discounts to women in this time, we have also donated over $2300 in cash to Anova, My Sister’s Place, Life*Spin, and The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (with more to come- looking at you LAWC). Not too bad for a tiny little restaurant in the heart of London. We are proud of the conversation, proud of the donations, and will be redoubling our efforts in the coming months. This is a huge thank you to the locals that see us on a weekly basis so that we can contribute in our small way.
For the past 8+ years, we have hosted a quiz night on Mondays. For many, it meant an early dinner as we reserved the entire restaurant for quizzers beginning at about 6:30. For others, it meant disappointment as they arrived without knowing quiz was happening. In the summer, we had the advantage of offering patio seating (although this summer, we didn’t really have the weather for it!) We did our best to point potential diners that we could not accommodate to nearby restaurants. As busy as Monday nights were (many weeks, we actually had to turn quizzers away!), we are resting our weary trivia soaked brains and asking diners to join us once again. New ideas have popped up for us…
In Canada, the gender pay gap is thirteen cents on the dollar. Not as bad as some other countries, but certainly not something that should even exist. We will be doing our little bit by offering a 13% discount to all women on food purchases- lunch or dinner, a different kind of ‘ladies’ night.’
More importantly, we will also be making donations based upon our gross Monday sales to local charities, as close to our home as possible, such as; Anova, London Abused Women’s’ Centre, My Sister’s Place, and Life*Spin. If you feel like you do not want to use the discount and would instead like to see it donated, please let your server know!
We are so grateful that this was the conversation of the week. Stunned that is reached the CBC, BBC, BuzzFeed, Grub Street, USA Today, PRI, CTV, Global, Fox News, Now This, a myriad of radio stations and talk shows, plus local opinion pieces courtesy of the Western Gazette and London Free Press. This is a part of a larger conversation that is happening and needs to happen. In the food industry, there are plenty of examples of abuse and harassment (you can see stories on Mario Batali, Ken Friedman, John Besh)...but it is just not the rich and famous, not just in the States, and not just in kitchens, it happens in the front of house too. Another part of the story? There are not enough women in management positions, chef positions, or enough that find financing to become owners…which can, in itself, exacerbate the harassment issues! This conversation about the wage gap this week was tremendous but it needs to be more than women telling their stories, it is about empathy, changing cultures, and being allies. We need to continue the work of Kate Burhnam and Jen Agg and the work that was done by so many servers that rallied against sexist dress codes in the last three years. Change can happen, as it did with dress codes with Bill 148, voices can be heard, listened to, and acted upon. Our promotion started off as something small, a tiny gesture, and may still very well be…but we are hopeful the conversation continues.
Finally, we will also have specials! We will have one rotating tap of $5.25 (20oz) beer (even the expensive stuff)…and…$5 corkage fees on BYOW (bring your own bottle).
Mondays just got a little bit better.