|On behalf of the ownership of El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe, thank you and muchas gracias for the overwhelming support we’ve heard from you as the reality and seriousness of coronavirus (COVID-19) has become clearer. Like so many of you consider us family, we consider you family, too. As a family/familia, we will get through this together.
On Monday, March 16, Pasadena’s City Manager declared a Local State of Emergency that included a mandate to close restaurants and bars for sit-down service. While this was difficult news for us to hear, we agree that it is the correct course of action to help preserve the health of our patrons, our staff, and the greater Pasadena community.
But that decision has come at a cost. While we remain open for take out and delivery, our doors have been closed for dine-in and bar service. Which means our team who works hard every day to make your dining experience a great one – servers, dishwashers, bussers, cooks, bartenders – has seen deep reductions in or elimination of their hours. These team members – many of whom you, like us, consider family – are the people who are being hit the hardest.
Therefore, we have started this Go Fund Me drive to help support the staff that makes up the backbone of El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe. We sincerely hope that our many friends and longtime patrons come together to support those who are most in need. When we get through this – together – we look forward to seeing you again in your favorite booth or bar chair, supported by our staff who need you the most today.
You can make a donation through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/el-portal-staff-relief-fund
100% of the money we raise will go to our hourly employees to help them pay for essentials (food, rent, child and health care, etc.).
Please share the details of this drive with everyone you know who is part of our huge El Portal and Yahaira’s family!