"Again, I don't agree with the decision, but their intentions are so good. Peace."
(Corboy put this one at the top because it mentions specifics)
"Guest 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand Lee: You are so ignorant of the facts I hardly know where to begin. This "vote" that you mention was illegal, coercive, and intimidating and many employees abstained from voting. Employees are subjected to aggressive manipulation in order to get them to hand over their hard-earned money to their managers at the end of the night, who then redistribute it to pay the wages of other employees who work at an off site central kitchen. Mathew and Terces made poor business decisions, held space for illegal policies and prioritized aggressive expansion rather then actually paying their central kitchen employees. They are cult leaders who have a major God complex. And I feel sorry for anyone who is duped by their money obsessed new-age bullshit "
I'm not sure who this is, because you are hiding your identity, but I think you misunderstand Matthew and Terces. I worked closely with them for years, and although I don't agree with many of their business decisions (I did choose to leave when I felt it was in my best interest), their intentions are amazing. No, it is not a co-op, and we are going to demonize them for trying to set up a pay system that was more egalitarian, that sees the dishwasher, or the CK employee as just as valuable as the server? Not so awful in my mind. I agree with you that expansion should have held less weight than employee benefits, and argued for that at GM meetings. But M & T saw getting organic, vegan food and transformation far and wide as the best way to help the most people. Again, I don't agree with the decision, but their intentions are so good. Peace.
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Collapse Expand "Hiding your identity" is a pretty safe bet when speaking out against Landmark cultists. The only people using their full names in this thread (assuming "Anton Brunner" is a real name and not concocted ala "Werner Erhard") are the apologist nutbags.
Bird2473 I did the Landmark forum. It was total bullshit and all about committing to enroll people in workshops and paying progressively more for the next levels. The whole argument that this Lee character is spouting about commitment is total Landmark speak designed to manipulate you into doing what they want you to do which is enroll new people. Cafe Gratitude is just using the same techniques for their own agenda which is to control their staff and public opinion by hiding behind lofty words while profiting off the backs of the workers
This was quoted from the discussion article.
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What is not being shared here is the Landmark's cult like way of breaking people down first. There is a reason why Landmark is banned in France and is listed on cult watch websites.
is it me or did that read like one of Frank Chui's signs?
Frank isn't trying to sell us shit shellacked to look like gold.
Frank isn't trying to sell us shit shellacked covered in sprouts to look like gold food.
Jesus. Fucking. Christ. As soon as I read the words "core values" I wanted to vomit. When did getting a job become like joining a fucking religious order?
MrEricSirTop No, you don't get to compare Gandhi, Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King to your little plate of raw vegetables. Sorry, not yours.
murfleTop Actually, Mother Theresa is probably fair game, as coercing people into a dogmatic and abusive system was basically what she was "committed" to.
MrEricSirTop 1 "You were given an opportunity to vote on this policy"
Yes, it's called a democratic republic. Your little fake cheese restaurant doesn't get to violate the employment laws we decided on.
JP "Settling the lawsuit comes at a cost much greater than $200,000, because you are also asking them to withdraw their support of a decision made by their community of employees, and to abandon their principals and core values. Our core values define who we are, and are therefore priceless."
So it just costs $200,000 then.....
Torta Potty ...plus the cost of food... and lobotomies
Torta Potty Pseudo-emotional-religious doublespeak is so much more vile than corporate or government doublespeak. Gross.
A fizzandpopTop 10 You know dude, you can't just use capital letters whenever it pleases you.
How about complying with the core value of following the wage and hours law that applies to every business in California? Unbelievable sanctimony. The lawyer is fighting for the little guy - the employee who was denied a right to breaks, meals and overtime.
dantseaSo, sanity and brevity are not core values?
DoctorMemory Wow, there's absolutely nothing at all creepy about the fact that someone who claims not to be an employee of Cafe Gratitude knows multiple details about these lawsuits and is posting them to random blogs.
Emily Conforti I am befuddled why people are so desperate to continue paying too much for sanctimonious food. I am a vegan and I won't miss it a bit. I prefer modern food to dishes I'd expect to be fed in a yurt in 1973.
MrEricSir Any vegan restaurants in this city you like?
DoctorMemory Speaking as a dedicated meat-eater, the only vegan restaurants in this city that don't make me shudder when my herbivore friends suggest them are Millennium and Udupi Palace. (The latter one, I will actually go to on my own sometimes.)
murfle Chaya, Udupi Palace.
(name omitted for privacy-Corboy) Tai Idea vegetarian is new and superb! On Polk st. Check it out!!
kelley bella “If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. The progress is healing the wound that the…blow made. And they haven’t even begun to pull the knife out much less try to…heal the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there.”- Malcolm X in 1964 interview
Gary SF 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand What a load of crap. I'm 100% on the side of social justice, and I'm 100% against any dogma in the extreme.
If they do reopen, in the spirit of being honest, they should call the restaurant "Jonestown."
Buffalobleu I am just wondering if this is my old roommate Sarah Stevens? Redhead, early 30s, from Napa? She seemed like the kind of person who would start working at a vegan cult and then sue them for not giving her her tips. I think that would be in line with her Core Values. How do I find out . . ?
murfle Nope, that's not her.
(name omitted for privacy-Corboy)The comments to the article are disgusting and destructive. The vibe is like a bunch of redneck haters talking about the first black president. Pull your undies out of your crack for a moment and consider a guy I worked with, a dishwasher like the kind in many restaurants (the kind where servers get all the tips). You know the kind of guy I am talking about, 50 years old, riding a kids bmx bike on the shoulder of a highway, wearing second hand clothing. I can understand how you might miss him, It is dark when he gets up for work and dark when he goes home on that little bike. He lives with 7 other people in a 2 bedroom apartment and eats out of the kitchen he works in.
Then again maybe you don't know him, and doubtfully cannot relate to him. He is not like you. He doesn't complain. Instead, he sends most of his much smaller paycheck, (that he earns for by the way, working in a steaming hot kitchen 15 hours a day) home to his family. You bitch about how unfair that someone else voted to share their own tips with the likes of him.
I wonder if like you, his parents are going to give him a Iphone4S and with a data plan when he goes home for Christmas ...... that is when he goes home for the first time say 5 years from now. No. Thats right, he will be the one bringing the presents. An the funny thing is, he IS grateful.
DoctorMemory If Cafe Gratitude cares so much about your hypothetical dishwasher, maybe they shouldn't be closing the restaurant that employs him rather than comply with the CA labor laws that protect him? Just a thought.
Or hell, maybe they could take him with them to their management retreats to their multimillion-dollar Hawaii compound. (But now we're talking pure craziness, I know.)
withak I thought the lawsuits were over splitting tips with managers and supervisors and people not even working in the restaurant, not kitchen staff.
MrEricSir That's an awful lot of racial stereotypes condensed into one post.
Gary SF Oh X, nobody is against the dishwasher and most here do not care about the tipping mechanisms. But most of us are against the forced indoctrination of employees, often at their own expense.
So you support those charitable organizations that force homeless people to listen to hellfire and brimstone sermons before they will give them food?
Because it is the same type of forced indoctrination.
murfleUnfortunately, the most egregious practices of Cafe Gratitude are legal, albeit shady as fuck. I wish they could be sued over the indoctrination, but if suits over tip pooling get the job done, so be it.
Gary SF 1Requiring staff to pay 50% of the cost of the indoctrination is probably not legal.
Katy Fuck. You. Fuck you. My father was a cook, and an illegal immigrant who took his share of shit work in the kitchen. My (believe me, complete) understanding of the dishwashers shitty situation does not conflict with my contempt for the owners of Cafe Smarmy Attitude.
(name omitted for privacy-Corboy)Oh, you know Matthew and Terces?
murfle I've listened to them talk in person at length. They're the spaced-out cultists you'd expect them to be.
dantsea You made yourself wrong.
fizzandpop You're utterly confused. We're hating on a bunch millionaire hippies who think they've uncovered the secret to fucking life. And you and your Nazi war-criminal name. It's fucking disgusting that you bring the plight of a fictional dishwasher into this. Fucking disgusting.
(name omitted)Thanks for making my point more susinctly :)
(same name omitted) BTW, the "hypothetical" dishwasher I am refering to is real and was my co-worker for a year.
MalcoveMagnesia I'm just popped in to say I have no idea what's going on here.
But all this talk about hoity toity overpriced food really puts me in the mood to splurge on a night at Espetus.
phoenixsf The best thing Cafe Gratitude could do for it's back of the house staff (dishwashers. food prep folks etc.) is pay them a decent wage. Waiters and busers get tips because they deal directly with serving the customers. Supervisors and management should be paid enough that they don't need tips. Instead of paying their employees with their own money they take money out of the pockets of the people who earned it. All the hippy new age BS about core values is just polish on a big stinky turd. Ripping off their employees plus making them pay to go to Landmark makes me glad that Cafe Gratitude is going out of business.
murfle One of the few things I'll say in their defense is that they do actually pay the back of the house a decent wage.
slobeck Cafe Gratitude closing: And nothing of value was lost. Any company that makes an employee join a cult at the employee's expense (offering to pay for half doesn't cut it) is wrong.
Make no mistake Landmark forum is a cult. If you have any doubt about this, you should know that Landmark for um is the same self help cult from the 80's called EST. The name was changed to landmark after the original owner Warner Erhard got sued an had to give4 up the name. Warner Erhard learned all this stuff from his time as a HIGH LEVEL Scientologist. So.. Landmark comes from EST comes from Scientology.
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(name omitted for privacy) "why not choose another restaurant to work for, one with policies that you are in agreement with..." Yes, because most of us have several jobs dying to hire us and get to pick the one that best coincides with our morals and beliefs. Utter bullshit. The fact is, they were blatantly breaking the law, and all of the voting and getting people to sign away their rights doesn't change that fact.I worked for a company that had us sign away our rights to overtime and breaks, because I needed the money. But I also filed a claim against them when I was able to get a better job, because they basically stole money from me every day I was employed with them.The fact that Cafe Gratitude would rather put all of their employees out of work than deal with their dirty laundry is sickening.
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MalcoveMagnesiaTop 50 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand And just how did your claim turn out? (and did you actually even make it to court for this? lawyers tend to hold up these signed agreements as voluntarily giving up rights and such).
brady (name omittd)-- has he taken some Landmark workshops do you suppose?
DoctorMemoryTop 100 3 comments collapsed Collapse Expand Ya think?
Give at least this much to the Scientologists: somewhere back over the last 20 years, they figured out that it creeps people the fuck out when they start gibbering in unalloyed cultspeak in public. You'll never catch Tom Cruise rambling about thetans, suppressive people, "wins" and other scieno-jumbo if he thinks there's a chance there's an unfriendly camera nearby. (And after the leaked video disaster, probably not even friendly ones.) It's all carefully groomed, nonthreatening standard english about self-improvement and charity.
It's the mark of a relatively immature cult that they expect non-members to find their gibberish compelling, rather than horrifying.
(name omitted for privacy--Cafe Gratitude advocate) Have you been to an event or workshop put on by Landmark? Again, I ask, by what authority are you making all these comments and claims? And for what reason?
DoctorMemory "Again?" Either you hallucinated our first conversation or you've replied to the wrong post by accident. (Or you're just very confused.) Nothing I said above could be construed as claiming that I've been to an EST event, nor is it necessary to have done so to notice that a lot of EST devotees sound like they're all reading from the same script.
(name omitted for privacy) I am astonished by how personally attacked every commenter seems to be about the very IDEA of Cafe Gratitude, who somehow are personally insulted by it's existence. I'm not sure why there is such sensitivity.
I think that Mr. Lee's letter is powerful and noble- a great call out for all to come to the table together and not get caught up in a perpetual argument/war but look at what the common goals are and find a solution. I for one am interested in peace and solution, not the continued commitment to disagreement and name calling. This back and forth is excruciating.
DoctorMemoryTop 100 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand Do go on. You don't sound like you're reading from a script at all, I assure you.
Gary SF 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand After reading your post, I realize that it makes more sense for Cafe Gratitude to relocate to Stepford.
formergratitudeemployee 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand I feel sorry for you Cheyenne. You may need therapy when you finally leave this cult.
Matty J.Top 100 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand Cafe Gratitude Manager: What are your core values?
Interviewee: To serve food that doesn't look like a cup of diarrhea with a cat turd carefully placed at the center.
Cafe Grattitude Manager: Rrrrrrrrrr.
[Interviewee walks out. Applies to McDonald's]
Guest Lee: You are so ignorant of the facts I hardly know where to begin. This "vote" that you mention was illegal, coercive, and intimidating and many employees abstained from voting. Employees are subjected to aggressive manipulation in order to get them to hand over their hard-earned money to their managers at the end of the night, who then redistribute it to pay the wages of other employees who work at an off site central kitchen.
Mathew and Terces made poor business decisions, held space for illegal policies and prioritized aggressive expansion rather then actually paying their central kitchen employees. They are cult leaders who have a major God complex. And I feel sorry for anyone who is duped by their money obsessed new-age bullshit
(name omitted for prvicy) 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand The guacamole at Gracias, Madre is really good!
formergratitudeemployee 6 comments collapsed Collapse Expand To Mr. Lee: You are so misinformed I don't even know where to start. First of all this so called "vote" was nothing more than coercion and intimidation designed to manipulate cafe workers into handing their hard earned money over to management.
After taking the employees money at the end of the night the managers hand it over to the higher ups to be redistributed to pay the wages of the central kitchen staff. If this sounds democratic to you then I don't know what to tell you. Gratitude is a corporation, not a co-op, employees are not allowed any say in decisions regarding expansion. If the owners care so much about paying the central kitchen employees a living wage they should choose to do so rather than ruthlessly expanding at any cost.
Mathew and Terces have a serious God-Complex and I feel sorry for anyone who is duped by them.
formergratitudeemployee I didn't see my first comment had posted. sorry for the repeat.
(name omitted for privacy Corboy) I'm not sure who this is, because you are hiding your identity, but I think you misunderstand Matthew and Terces. I worked closely with them for years, and although I don't agree with many of their business decisions (I did choose to leave when I felt it was in my best interest), their intentions are amazing. No, it is not a co-op, and we are going to demonize them for trying to set up a pay system that was more egalitarian, that sees the dishwasher, or the CK employee as just as valuable as the server? Not so awful in my mind. I agree with you that expansion should have held less weight than employee benefits, and argued for that at GM meetings. But M & T saw getting organic, vegan food and transformation far and wide as the best way to help the most people. Again, I don't agree with the decision, but their intentions are so good. Peace.
murfleTop 100 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand "Hiding your identity" is a pretty safe bet when speaking out against Landmark cultists. The only people using their full names in this thread (assuming "Anton Brunner" is a real name and not concocted ala "Werner Erhard") are the apologist nutbags.
murfle Wait -- the tips are actually used to pay the central kitchen wages, not to tip them? Wow, that's *way* more messed up.
(name omitted) All you folks commenting with hate and slander are full of it. I worked for Cafe Gratitude for over five years. I have my opinions about Landmark, and although Matthew and Terces are champions of its ability to empower people, it is a seperate entity.
Cafe Gratitude has had well over 1,000 folks come through as employees, and most would say it is/was the best job they ever had, to say nothing of the ways in which it has empowered and inspired many employees to follow their dreams. On what authority are you making your claims, people? Rumor? Are you addicted to hate and need to post to sites like this to make you feel powerful? I feel sorry for us all that this is what public discourse has come to.
dantseaTop 10 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand You have a very nice Kool-Aid smile.
MalcoveMagnesiaTop 50 1 comment collapsed Collapse Expand So far we've had (names omitted) show up to do their part in the P.R. pushback referred to in GrubStreet (that story, ironically, has zero comments as of this moment).
I wonder what other special guests will show up overnight to gush about Matthew & Terces & company?
And is there any chance Supreme Master Ching Hai's "Loving Huts" could be next? Please? If I'm in the rare mood for vegetarian food, it'd be nice to have some viable options not run by a Krishna-style cult or a bunch of loons.
Demogreen Looks like you were served a free "I am nutty."
CptSludge The crazy isn't free, which is a big part of what makes made Gratitude so thoroughly evil.
(name omitted) GUACAMOLE IN THE HOLE!
(Name omitted) I'll tell you this, uh "Doctor." I went to the Landmark Forum (their introductory course) and the "Advanced Course" which is the next level most people go on to. I did it at the encouragment of Matthew and Terces (I was never made to do ANYTHING and no one was ever fired for not going, not wanting to go and having their own beliefs about anything.) Landmark doesn't teach beliefs, it teaches self awareness. I personally felt like I gained some insight from my participation and I'm glad I went, but overall I am not a big fan and chose not to continue further. Others I know did lots of the Landmark "curriculum" and felt they gained immensely from it. So, your only insight, "doctor" is that you notice people who are "devotees sound like they are reading from the same script." Not an awful accusation to make, as our language does indicate how we relate to the world around us, so people who gather around certain outlooks will tend to use the same languaging. I agree with your insight then.
MrEric Sir "Landmark doesn't teach beliefs, it teaches self awareness."
I am genuinely baffled: is your post intended to be satire, or does it just come off sounding that way?
Bird2473 I did the Landmark forum. It was total bullshit and all about committing to enroll people in workshops and paying progressively more for the next levels. The whole argument that this Lee character is spouting about commitment is total Landmark speak designed to manipulate you into doing what they want you to do which is enroll new people. Cafe Gratitude is just using the same techniques for their own agenda which is to control their staff and public opinion by hiding behind lofty words while profiting off the backs of the workers.
(name omitted for privacy)How much have they profitted from Cafe Gratitude, LLC?
murfle "How much have they profitted from Cafe Gratitude, LLC?"
Enough to be millionaires. Next question.
(name omitted for privacy)...More counting of other people's money based on no facts at all. And that "hawaii compound" people refer to is a worker owned organic farm. Nice research people.
murfleTop I'm going to assume the NYT has adequate resources to verify their wealth.
(name omitted). They had their money before Gratitude. SLANDER! Rumors! Don't speak if you don't know facts people! This is part of what is ruining democracy in this country! Public discourse is full of rumors and lies. Where is the informed public?
murfle Having close friends who have worked at Cafe Gratitude for many years, I know enough about it to comment. I, however, have the advantage of being somewhat objective, rather than having had my head filled with gibberish by Landmark, "The Secret", and daily "clearing" sessions.
I can also tell you that for every few of you fawning lackeys who specifically came to SFist to frantically flail about and shout "SLANDER!", there are employees and ex-employees who readily admit that breaks were often not given, that many people were not on board with tip pooling, and that people were regularly coerced into attending the Forum at their own expense.
So, unless you want to actually dispute the merits of the actual lawsuits, I suggest you go back to fasting on kale juice and cultivating your B12 deficiency, or whatever the hell it is you people do.
(name omitted)I implore you to speak factually. If you have some friends that had a certain experience, sure, mention that. But don't assume you know how it is, based soley on the testimonials of a few friends. Yes, there have been some unhappy employees, as there are everywhere about bosses, policies, proceedures and the specific work culture. My experience after being an employee for five years is that the people who left gratitude unhappy is a minority. I have laid out my thoughts on the lawsuits here: [sanfrancisco.grubstreet
Shibi_SFT pand I've been out of town, and it seems I've missed a lot around here!
I learned more today from these comments than attempting to read Mr. Lee's letter. (Actually, I was afraid of the italicized text - I want to retain my current set of values and meat-loving tendencies. Oh, and I don't want that mind-fuck when I leave a 20% tip -- I simply cannot calculate that a portion of my 20% tip is going to the poor driver who drove the truck from the farm where my onions came from.)
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From The Inbox: Saving Cafe Gratitude
Cafe Gratitude Mousse (photo: Paul Taylor)
Following news that the vegan/Landmark Forum-tinged Cafe Gratitude plans to close or sell all of their Northern California restaurants (including the popular Gracias Madre), the comments section here at SFist blew up. And how. So much ire and speculation poured forth, in fact, that reader Anthony Lee sent us an impassioned letter in response to the brouhaha. "
"I am not a Cafe Gratitude employee, as I have experienced the restaurant as a customer, and I have twice been a volunteer at their Harrison Street restaurant to serve the free Thanksgiving lunch to the local community," Lee tells SFist. "In addition, I have attended presentations where Matthew and Terces have shared their best practices in leadership and community building."
Also, as Grub Street dutifully point out, Café Gratitude devotees have been encouraged to flood local media with testimonials. And with that, here is Lee's letter in its entirety:
The Solution to the Cafe Gratitude crisis starts with One Key Question
What are you committed to?
As I read the online conversations surrounding the announced closings of Cafe Gratitude, I am shocked to see how little attention is spent understanding what each party is committed to? I want to understand the core value that is driving their individual actions.
In a lecture given by author Greg Mooers, he shares “Gandhi was committed to peaceful liberation, Mother Theresa to compassion, Martin Luther King to brotherhood, and Abraham Lincoln to unity. These are core values that these leaders felt so strongly about, they were willing to die for them.” Everyone has their own set of core values, and during times of conflict, it is absolutely essential to ask one another “What are you committed to?” When this question is answered, it lays the groundwork for a solution that works for all parties.
Sarah Stevens, what are you committed to? The lawsuit indicates that you are in disagreement over the tip-pooling policy, and are seeking a payment of $85,000. You were given an opportunity to vote on this policy, and knew that your colleagues ultimately voted to implement a policy that acknowledges and rewards all the contributors of excellent service, from the kitchen to the table. When you made the decision to sign this tip policy and to work for Cafe Gratitude, you gave your word to support the community’s decision.
I am unclear what your core values are. If this policy violated one of your core values, why not choose another restaurant to work for, one with policies that you are in agreement with. Are you standing up for the other colleagues who share your perspective? Did you not have the opportunity to express your dissenting opinion to management or your peers? It is your responsibility to communicate to everyone what you core values are, to give others the information necessary to develop a collaborative solution.
Stephen Sommers, what are you committed to? In one of your company videos, you state “One of the most important things we try to do with our small business clients is to put them into some kind of corporation or LLC, that way they get protection for their assets.” I notice the inconsistency when you are teaching your clients how to protect their assets with a LLC, and at the same time show them how easy it is to attack the Cafe Gratitude LLC, reaching for assets owned by the Engelharts outside of their LLC. I would be conflicted if someone taught me how to put a lock on my front door and how to pick the lock on my neighbor's door.
In another company video, your partner, Matthew Kumin, shares more of your company’s values “We’re really geared toward the little guy”, “Real Lawyers for Real People”, and “If we get the whole picture, we can craft a solution for them.” I would like to know how you personally are expressing the core values of your company. “Real People” includes the dishwashers and food preparers who contribute to the excellent customer experience. “Real People” includes the community of employees who voted for Tip Pooling. I admire your company’s intent to get the whole picture to craft a solution, and I’d like to invite you and your team of Real Lawyers to implement these core values to craft a solution that meets the needs of your client and all the “Real People” impacted by this lawsuit.
Matthew and Terces Engelhart, what are you committed to? They have answered this question by actively teaching their core values, and implementing them in all their restaurants and in all the communities they participate in. Their employees come to a work environment that inspires them to give their best, to develop their leadership and communication skills, and be acknowledged for all the contributions they make to the community. Their customers come in to a restaurant to enjoy healthy nutritious meals, where a menu item called a Grateful Bowl is available to everyone at whatever price they are able to pay. The communities surrounding their neighborhood restaurants enjoy the free Thanksgiving lunch every year. The Engelharts also teach workshops on commerce, relationships, finance, and leadership - each of which contains the core values they hold dear.
The Solution is found in Core Values
What we have here is a failure to understand what each party is truly committed to. When Mr. Sommers states, “It doesn’t make any sense that they have eight restaurants but can’t pay for a lawsuit that costs less than $200,000”, it indicates that he doesn’t understand how committed Matthew and Terces are to their principles of leadership and community. The community of Cafe Gratitude employees voted to implement Tip Pooling, and the Engelharts are standing in full support of this decision. They are also committed to acknowledging each and every employee who contributes to a customer’s excellent experience. Settling the lawsuit comes at a cost much greater than $200,000, because you are also asking them to withdraw their support of a decision made by their community of employees, and to abandon their principals and core values. Our core values define who we are, and are therefore priceless.
I find it hard to believe that any of the parties involved are committed to the disintegration of the Cafe Gratitude restaurants in the Bay Area. Ms. Stevens, I’d invite you to share with the Cafe Gratitude community and with the Engelharts, exactly what you are committed to, and allow them to show their support for you. Mr. Sommers, I’d invite you to “craft a solution” that allows both your client and the Cafe Gratitude community to thrive, even if that solution does not come in the form of a legal settlement. Terces and Matthew, I would invite you to continue your love and support for your employees and customers by staying open, literally and figuratively, so that a truly imaginative, inspirational, and collaborative solution can emerge from this crisis.
What am I committed to?
While I am not a Cafe Gratitude employee, I have experienced their restaurants as a customer, and as a volunteer to serve Thanksgiving lunch. I have attended presentations led by Matthew and Terces, where I have learned valuable leadership and community building skills. I see the immense value that the restaurant and their owners provide to the communities they serve.
My core values are Empowerment and Integrity. I wrote this letter to invite all parties back to the table and share their core values, and Empower the group with the key pieces of information necessary to craft a solution that works for all. I also invite all parties to come to the table with a new opportunity to demonstrate actions and behavior that are in Integrity with their core values. My commitment during this crisis is to promote an open dialogue, so that the best possible outcome can be reached.