A letter of thanks
The group at Tableseide cannot believe that this time of the year has come again.
We are thankful, grateful and always learning.
First and foremost we are thankful for our amazing teams in each of our restaurants. Libby's Sarasota on Hillview, Libby's Lakewood Ranch on Lorraine Road and Circo, A Taco & Bourbon Joint, on 2nd Street in downtown Sarasota. When COVID-19 hit in mid-March, we watched as we had to close the doors to at the time, 5 locations. We were scared along with the rest of our community and our world. Our teams worked tirelessly, amid the fear and were by our side when we launched a to go program from our Libby's locations to try to serve our community and keep our staffs salaries alive while we still could. We made the difficult decision, on April 1, to suspend all operations. All of our staff was furloughed.
As soon as we were able to reopen, and it was deemed safe by Governor De Santis, we resumed operations at 25% indoor occupancy. Again, our staff was there as soon as a phone call was made that we were reopening. Since day one of reopening, our entire team has worn PPE-a mask at all times, gloves in the beginning until we created a better system, and daily logged temperature checks for any staff member entering the building. The restaurant business is a beautiful challenge in the best of times, so this was certainly a daunting endeavor--to keep everyone in our community safe, to keep our tireless teams safe and to not indefinitely close the doors to our wonderful restaurants.
We are grateful. We cannot thank our local Sarasota community and beyond. Without the support of our patrons, our doors would have closed. We did close Lemon Tree Kitchen, and are still trying to find a perfect spot to relocate.
We are always learning-recently, all of our locations earned the FRLA Seal of Commitment by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. FRLA's highest designation for hospitality safety and sanitation standards, Seal of Commitment is a promise that your restaurant or hotel meets safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA. Awarded establishments have invested resources to ensure that the location, staff, and guests remain safe and healthy. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, when guests see an FRLA Seal of Commitment decal on an establishment's door, they have confidence the business is sanitary and safe and that staff are well trained. We are excited to be in the great company of other businesses that have the same seal.
We hope to see you soon at one of our locations, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Joe Guli, CEO