Well folks, I wrote a post on why my husband was let go from Carrabbas because I didn’t think it was fair to let people assume the worst, when it was about labor and kitchen costs. I didn’t want any moral ambiguity about why a top partner was let go from an extremely successful restaurant, suddenly, after ten years. He did nothing wrong and he worked extremely hard, right up to the day he was let go. He just couldn’t meet the company’s requirements for labor and food costs.
I posted it Sunday morning, August 3rd after I found out that corporate declined to let us send out a thank you/goodbye letter to his customer base through the company’s local email list.
And…it reached about 15,000 people in 24 hours. Wow. My goal was to get the news out to his customer base. I think that’s probably been accomplished at this point. If any of his customers wish to know the full explanation of why he is no longer there, they are welcome to contact me. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I took the original post down because I did not intend to start an internet debate about Corporate America or encourage people to boycott chain restaurants. Although I totally appreciate everyone’s support, we still know lots of people who work at Carrabba’s and its sister restaurants and we wish them success.
P.S. There are so many comments that I can’t reply to them all, but I want you to know I’ve read every one and appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. It’s especially touching to hear so many stories from current or former employees and customers. Thank you!
UPDATE: 2016-Just for any who are wondering, Bill is doing really well working for Paychex. He helps small businesses with their payroll, (feel free to call him if you need payroll services! 445-0778) and that means he’s home on nights and weekends. We are loving that part of the change. He has been able to coach the boys in volleyball and baseball and he’s loving the “regular” hours a day job affords him. He still misses the people that he worked with and the fabulous regular customers but he’s very happy to spend more time with our family. And because of the ridiculousness with Carrabba’s, I started a career in real estate that’s going very well (call me if you’d like to buy or sell a house! 😉 598-6437) Thanks for checking in!