June marks global Pride Month, and we’re celebrating with a new list of the top LGBTQ+ owned and operated restaurants in America. From chefs bringing activism to the table to restaurateurs holding special Pride celebrations, we’re proud to partner with a stellar group of restaurants dedicated to both kitchen and cause.
In recognition of Pride Month and of these inspiring businesses, we asked a few featured restaurateurs to share their approach to inclusion and hospitality. From charity fundraisers to staff management, here are key ways restaurants can create a welcoming table for all.
Put yourself in their shoes.
“Pride month is a true reminder of what we should be celebrating on a daily basis,” says Kristen Kish, chef of Arlo Grey in Austin. “It’s really a celebration of anyone and everyone, and treating them with kindness and respect. Pride is a time of year when we can embrace our differences.”
Brian Riggenbach and Mikey Corona, husbands and partners at The Mockingbird in Nashville, know what inhospitable treatment feels like. “Those negative experiences have taught us to always put yourself in other people’s shoes in every situation, and it makes our duty of being hospitable that much easier.” Be genuine in your interactions with both staff and guests, and welcome them just as they are.
“The way we are viewed as a whole and treated individually has changed for the better since we both came out 20 years ago,” say Brian and Mikey. They attribute those changes to businesses, parents, friends, and family, who have all spoken up for the acceptance and tolerance of the LGBTQ+ community. Let people know they are welcome, and the message will spread far and wide. [Read more…]