Today we unveiled our “Open Kitchen” initiative at SXSW 2018. The PSA-style campaign spotlights the need for the restaurant industry to make a shared commitment to put an end to an exclusionary, abusive culture and refocus on creating safe and respectful workplaces in restaurants. OpenTable collaborated with prominent restaurant owners, GMs, and chefs to release a public service announcement in which they advocate for professionalism, inclusiveness, and equality.
“No matter who you are or your role in a restaurant, whether you work in the kitchen or front-of-house, everyone deserves a safe seat at the table,” said Christa Quarles, CEO of OpenTable. “It’s on all of us – chefs, managers, restaurateurs, leaders, and more – to call out and stamp out inappropriate behavior and hold offending parties accountable. Together, we can bring about real change to ensure a positive and safe work environment for all.”
Quarles debuted the Open Kitchen campaign and PSA video at her SXSW presentation today in Austin entitled “Silicon Valley to Restaurants: The Path to Equality”. The PSA stars chefs and restaurateurs who have committed to Open Kitchens in their restaurants, including Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill, LA and Las Vegas), Edward Lee (Succotash, DC), and Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions, SF).