Happy Monday to blog readers! Since many of you may know, it has been almost a week since the media released information involved with Whiskey Warehouse, the Hooters in Concord, and Hepatitis A.
Before I continue this post, let me be very clear. This is my personal opinion as well as current facts. For the employee's privacy I will not release her name.
For those of you who do not know- I'm hostessing part-time at Whiskey Warehouse off of The Plaza and Central Ave. I can honestly say (even prior to recent events), this is the best restaurant job I have ever had. The vibe is great, the venue is accommodating and clean, the view from the rooftop is the bomb, the food is out-of-this-world (see my picture below of one of the dinner specials), and lastly, the management team as well as staff are understanding, supportive, helpful, friendly, and over around just wonderful to be around.
Now, to explain the recent events, what Hepatitis A is, and how blown away I am at how awesome Whiskey Warehouse is.
Last Tuesday, the world found out that an employee of Whiskey Warehouse & Hooters has contracted Hepatitis A. The symptoms included headache, tiredness, and nausea over the course of a few days (in which medical attention was sought).
According to the U.S. Health Department of Health and Human Services, "Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of people with Hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV. A person with hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to someone in the same household."
Beginning on Tuesday February 19th, the news crews and media poured in and not nearly as many guests were coming in. The publicity, needless to say was not a positive one. Although this was the slowest time in the history of Whiskey Warehouse- our team stuck together, stayed strong together, and stayed supportive together. The management team couldn't have done a better job at being informative, staying positive, and leading the way to get over this ordeal. The staff put together a care package, sent emails, texts, and prayers to thier employee's way. We have been nothing short of being understanding.
Our loyal guests, staff, and management team decided to take on a movement #isupportwhiskeywarehouse. We have blown up Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and all other forms of social media to get a positive vibe out there because one isolated incedent that could happen virtually ANYWHERE is not what we are about. We are about great food, great people, and a great atmosphere.
As of today, approximately 490 doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine were given out, no other cases have been reported, and the employee that had to take on this ordeal is healthy and taken care of.
Every precaution has been taken by the restaurants and staff to make sure that customers and employees well-being, safety, and health are taken care of.
All that I ask, is that the public realize that this was an isolated incident and to not judge what you do not understand. I hope that this will not continuously impact the business and customers will understand that Whiskey Warehouse is a safe, clean, delicious place to dine & drink.