We Support Gourmet House

And all our Asian neighbors and businesses. This week some idiots broke a window of the Gourmet House Restaurant on Hope Street. Not surprisingly, Asher Schofield of Frog & Toad jumped into action, organized a GoFundMe page and spread the word:

This week someone threw a socket from a socket wrench into the front window of neighborhood treasure, the Gourmet House. We have no way of discerning whether this was an act of AAPI hate, but given the rise in crimes against AAPI during the past year, we cannot rule it out.

We want to demonstrate how much this community business is loved and valued and help them out; it has been a brutal year for our beloved neighbors. They have weathered a pandemic, restrictive dining protocols, a leaking roof, a broken walk-in cooler amid all of the normal challenges facing a small business.

I stopped by earlier and spoke with restaurant owner Souchea who, like many people who suddenly find themselves the recipient of an unsolicited fundraising effort, felt a little shy about it — but very grateful. I told him I would be urging people to buy some food, and he liked that idea just fine. (They have had a heck of a year: In addition to the pandemic and its restrictive dining protocols, they had a leaking roof and a broken walk-in cooler.)

Update: Due to the overwhelming success of the fundraiser, Asher and Erin Schofield added this update:

*UPDATE* Thank you so much for the outpouring of support. There have been some questions as to why insurance doesn’t cover the vandalism and we just want to clarify that the estimated damage DOES NOT meet the deductible on the policy. Just as insurance doesn’t cover all of the implications of losing a walk-n cooler, i.e. spoiled food and being forced to close for a few days, these are costs the business has to incur. We’d also like to note that since this GoFundMe has far exceeded our initial calculation, any donations beyond the cost of replacing the window will be given to a nonprofit tbd that elevates and protects AAPI communities. Thank you to all for your kindness and generosity.

Given their reputation in the community as good-deed-doers, I think we can count on the Schofields to redirect those funds properly.

Meanwhile, go to Gourmet House Restaurant at 787 Hope Street for some excellent Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, and say hello to Souchea.

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