Mind the Gap Mondays!

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.

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17 thoughts on “Mind the Gap Mondays!

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  3. Congrats on a super promotion. This is a not discriminatory against men. Rather it closes the gap that continues to exist. Cheers to you and we will come in, Monday or not, to support your establishment.

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  7. If you want to focus on helping people afford their bill, this is not an effective way to do it. The female lawyer that makes $300,000 a year does not benefit in any meaningful way from this, while the female child care worker making $ 25,000 per year may. It seems as though you are addressing a recognized social issue in a completely sexist manner and what you are doing meets the definition of discrimination. To me, this is truly disgusting and purely sexist and discriminatory. Many women make more than many men. If the problem is affordability, then focus on the what actually makes it difficult for people to afford a restaurant meal, which is a person’s income. You are not helping to reduce the wage gap. You have created a sexist and discriminatory policy which goes against the Ontario Human Rights Code.

    • This is not about being able to afford a restaurant tab, this is a gesture to recognize that there is a wage gap, which I think you would readily accept that there is one by your comment above. This is not about the individual, but the collective. Yes, Marissa Mayer made more than I do but did she make as much as her male replacement, but this is not about individual cases or is eligible for a discount. We are a restaurant, we are not policy makers- although we do urge people to vote at election time, we do urge people to get informed when they do, and to stay involved in the process.

      I am not sure if you missed out on the charitable aspect of this promotion? If you think addressing a person’s income would address the gender gap, then, we are trying to do our part as well. The charities that we have chosen help those who have been marginalized in our community specifically. We have not only donated to the four mentioned in our web post but also work with London Housing and the Unity Project- two more charities very close to our core and deal with income issues. Also, we will allow that woman making $300,000/year to not accept her discount, but add it to our charitable donations so that they get even more help. As for addressing the gap specifically, we have more female staff than male (not by any rota system, because we have chosen great people), we do have equal pay, we have a female manager and a female sous chef…I think we are in fact doing our part.

      The one thing that we do have is a voice, and this gesture has not only drawn attention to the wage gap issue, it has started a conversation, and that is how change is effected. It has also drawn attention to the charities, which is never a bad thing. The restaurant industry has been rife with abuse, harassment, and sexism, for 28 years I have done my best to take that out of any place that I have worked at. Conversation evokes change, I am happy that this conversation is happening, and also sad that you would think it disgusting.

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