According to Aaron Kahn, the owner of Würstbar, November 5 was set to be the last night of restaurant service – a big punch, as his company and team of 20 have managed to stay afloat since the start of the pandemic.
It was also set to be a nice, warm weekend, and the shutdown will surely result in a significant loss of revenue.
“Basically, I was kind of miserable,” Khan told CNN. “I was scared for my staff, so devastated – anxious about work. It’s a little defeated because we’ve stuck with this entire epidemic. We didn’t have anyone before this getting Covid.”
From there, they would run and run.
A friendship forged by society
Before Fersa’s post on Instagram, old friends – built on Fersa being Kahn’s stylist – met to discuss the situation. That’s when Fersa offered to help run the restaurant at the weekend. Khan, after consulting with his girlfriend, had called Persia the next morning and agreed to his offer.
Versa told CNN, “My friend (Joe) and I were just groggy about it, just a novelty of what we’re about to do.” “And I was really looking forward to it because it was such a beautiful day – it gave me a reason to go out and be outside.”
Fersa says Kahn gave the two men a basic summary of operations and was instantly confident in their abilities – and ultimately gave them the “keys” to run the show for the day.
Although Würstbar wasn’t able to provide a full bar and kitchen with such a small number of inexperienced employees, the drinks and pastries they sold were just enough to make the day worth it, with little revenue to boot, Kahn says.
Würstbar’s story spread quickly across the internet and people came from all over the area to support the restaurant.
Khan said, “I mean, everyone came out to support.” “Lots of people from the neighborhood, regulars, and other business owners – all of our outdoor tables filled.”
For Kahn and Fersa, experience is the power of community, with individuals and small businesses supporting each other.
Würstbar is closed after running on Saturday night, but after a tough round of Covid-19 tests and negative results, the restaurant is fully operational again.
The hashtag #neighbourshelpingneights was used to describe everything, which impressed a number of the restaurant’s followers.
“The community really digested the content and reposted it online and fully supported us,” said Farsa. “I know Aaron will do the same for me.”