March 19, 2009
From Heartland Cafe owners Michael James and Katy Hogan
Some of you may know health inspectors temporarily closed the Heartland Café Thursday, March 12th. The inspection was prompted by a 311 call from someone attributing “feeling ill” to tofu & vegetables eaten at the café.
The inspection was fair and we immediately set about to address the issues raised and some that weren’t. We basically rebuilt the joint from the inside out. Laid new kitchen and dish room floors, patched and mortared endless nooks and crannies of our 100+ year old building, scrubbed every single piece of equipment till it shone like new, and generally took this crisis and turned it into an opportunity.
On the heels of our passing the city’s re-inspection yesterday, the Heartland family feels both relieved and blessed; relieved that we are again serving our ‘good wholesome food for mind and body ‘ and blessed by the generosity, spirit and loyalty of our workforce, neighbors and friends from all over.
We want to especially praise the Heartland employees, who showed up and contributed hours of hard work to get us into better condition than we’ve ever been. We know this results in folks feeling even more ownership of the Heartland and their role in it. Not sure if a small business could ask for more in these very challenging times for staying viable.
We ask you to come and check out the refreshed and renewed Heartland – with spring in the air, and hope in our hearts, we recommit to doing the best we can for our business, neighborhood and planet!And we say THANK YOU!