After all Harvest Restaurants were closed down to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Westfield’s Addams Tavern, the group’s local outpost, has opened back up for takeout and curbside pickup.
“Welcome back to Addams Tavern,” trumpeted the local staff on social media while announcing their new condensed menu and dinner service hours.
Some welcomed good news for a family of restaurants that are hurting badly as the pandemic crisis unfolds.
“The physical act of shutting our doors was nothing, less than nothing, compared to the feeling of having to lay off our nearly 1200 employees,” shared Chip Grabowski, the owner and CEO of Harvest Restaurants. “Never, in our almost 25 years of owning and operating some of NJ’s most-loved restaurants, have I felt such heartbreaking sadness.”
In the wake of the ongoing closure, Grabowski announced the creation of a gofundme page to directly support his staff.
“I’m reaching out to you now to humbly ask for your help. My Harvest family is hurting. I hope you’ll consider donating to our gofundme page. Every dollar raised will go directly to the staff — your hosts, your servers, your bartenders, the folks who prepare your meals and wash your dishes. Simply put, without them, there is no Harvest. They need you now more than ever,” explained Grabowski.
Photo courtesy Addams Tavern.