January 4, 2017

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Sian Lewis, 202-601-3999, sian@rocunited.org


New Location Will House the CHOW Institute, anchor national ‘Sanctuary Restaurants’ movement

NEW YORK, NY–ROC United is proud to announce the relocation of COLORS Restaurant– New York from 417 Lafayette Street to at 178 Stanton Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Out of this new home, COLORS–New York will continue to provide delicious, gluten-free, sustainable cuisine from around the world.

The new COLORS–New York location will also be home to expanded programs for restaurant workers. The location at 178 Stanton Street offers upgraded facilities to better support the Colors Hospitality Opportunities for Workers (CHOW) Institute, which provides in-depth and advanced professional training in both front- and back-of-the-house restaurant skills at no cost to either employers or employees. It also will also serve as an anchor for ROC United’s Sanctuary Restaurants movement, which empowers workers, employers and consumers to create discrimination-free restaurants.

“With workers coming under attack on many fronts, and with an historic labor shortage affecting the restaurant industry, now is the time to expand vital COLORS programs,” said Saru Jayaraman. “We are delighted to move COLORS–New York to the Lower East Side, a neighborhood with deep historical ties to immigrants and the labor movement.”

COLORS Restaurant–New York will celebrate it’s grand opening on February 13, 2017.

MORE about COLORS Restaurants

COLORS Restaurants are part restaurant, part training-facility, part worker-owned cooperative incubator, was founded in New York City by 50 workers from more than 20 different countries. Now also in Detroit, Michigan, COLORS continues to expand, with locations opening in Oakland, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and more. Find out more about COLORS–New York at http://www.colorsrestaurantnyc.com/

MORE about Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards Everywhere (RAISE)

RAISE is an association of restaurant industry leaders committed to taking the “high road” to profitability. Through RAISE, restaurant owners learn about sustainable business models that champion living wages, basic benefits, fair promotion policies, among other high road employer practices as recipes for success, not impediments to profitability. Find out more at http://www.raiserestaurants.org

MORE about the Colors Hospitality Opportunities for Workers (CHOW) Institute

The COLORS Hospitality Opportunities for Workers (CHOW) Institute provides in-depth and advanced professional training in both front- and back-of-the-house restaurant skills at no cost to either employers or employees. The CHOW Institute offers workers a multi-tiered curriculum, certificates, and support services to help participants advance to living-wage jobs in the restaurant industry, particularly to fine dining wait staff, bartender, and management positions. Participants have the opportunity to practice and refine their customer service skills in a supportive, instructional, real-life restaurant setting both prior to and during employment at restaurants throughout the country.

MORE about the Sanctuary Restaurants movement

A joint project of ROC United and Presente.org, and with participation by COLORS Restaurants and dozens of others around the nation, the Sanctuary Restaurants movement offers support and resources to workers impacted by hostile policies and actions, including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI people and others.  

Sanctuary Restaurants:

  • Not allow any harassment of any individual based on nationality or immigration status, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation to occur in their restaurant.
  • Place a prominent “SANCTUARY RESTAURANT: A Place At the Table for Everyone” sign in establishment.
  • Offer or obtain informational support through ROC United.
  • Participate in a peer network to exchange ideas and strategies for protecting targeted workers.
  • Will experience increased patronage and support through a outreach partnership between ROC United and Presente.org  

Find out more at http://www.sanctuaryrestaurants.org

Read the open letter to President-elect Trump from ROC’s restaurant industry peer group RAISE and signed by restaurant owners and industry leaders at https://rocunited.org/2016/11/restaurant-owners-support-immigrants

Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has nearly 25,000 worker-members, 200 restaurant employer members, and several thousand consumer members in 15 states in the U.S., winning 15 worker-led campaigns, recovering $10 million in stolen tips and wages. Read more about Saru Jayaraman’s new book Forked: A New Standard for American Dining at forkedthebook.com