We are writing to you all as two latinx trans/queer POC owners of Hella Vegan Eats.
We would like to apologize for an incident that occurred this past Friday night at the restaurant and hold ourselves accountable as owners of HVE. We are extremely sorry for any pain we have caused and are doing everything we can to facilitate a dialogue between everyone who was involved to pursue a long term solution.
We have made it our business philosophy to prioritize queer, trans, and people of color because that is how we (the owners of this business) identify and have lived our entire lives battling transphobia, homophobia, and white supremacy. We want the sacrifices we have made to get to the point of owning a restaurant to reflect who we are and who we strive to be. This has been a wake up call to us to be more mindful of issues surrounding race and conduct ourselves more professionally in the workplace.
We are wholeheartedly sorry to the folks who were hurt by the actions of one of our employees. It is really important to us as business owners to pursue communal healing as a way of moving forward. We are here to answer the call to do better as a public space, especially for the people of color who work and eat here.
We have survived as a business due to community support all these years. This is why it is extraordinarily important for us to show up for our community and do all we can to restore trust and challenge ourselves to examine our behavior and the behavior of our staff at all times.
It is not our intention to brush off this incident but rather to examine it critically and figure out how we can learn and grow as a community and continue to be a place where queer, trans, POC feel respected and celebrated. If anyone from our community has any comments or concerns, please reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.