April 9, 2021
This was a fun week! On Monday, we held what everyone thought was going to be our typical annual Hynes Restaurant Group staff meeting to "discuss the upcoming summer season." But instead, we surprised our entire team with a Covid-related bonus of $100,000.
With that in mind and as this week comes to a close, we want to take a minute to thank two distinct groups of people.
Our Hynes Restaurant Group Team: We were honored to unveil this surprise bonus to the hardest working group of people we know. Covid decimated the restaurant industry across the state throughout 2020 and took a particularly devastating toll on all the great people who live the restaurant life. We came up with this bonus idea as a way to not only continue to help our loyal team but also as a way to recognize their dedication to their roles, commitment and perseverance throughout the pandemic, despite how difficult the circumstances became due to restrictions, closures and the virus itself. Our team faced an extreme amount of adversity through no fault of their own as the industry as a whole learned to maneuver and adapt to ever-changing policies and ways of life and we were thrilled to be able to call attention to their strong efforts and to find a way to say "thank you" sincerely. Our work family is the best and we genuinely appreciate them and what they consistently bring to the table (no pun intended) on a daily basis.
Our Amazing Guests: It is because of you that we were afforded the opportunity to give this money back to our team. You continued to support our restaurants throughout 2020 by ordering takeout, purchasing gift cards, dining under parking lot tents and eventually joining us in our dining rooms. If we were only allowed to provide takeout...you ordered a ton of takeout. If we were operating at 25% capacity...all 25% of the seats were full. If we were closed on a major holiday...you let us cater your family meals at home. We appreciate the trust you placed in us to serve you hospitably and safely. As we have said consistently, we are here for and because of all of you and we thank you for your support and patronage over the past year that, in turn, allowed us to continue to support our incredible employees.
We have a feeling summer 2021 is going to be a good one and we can't wait to get things ramped back up again for both our team and all of our guests, just in time for the warm weather!
Thank you to everyone.
Hynes Restaurant Group