HaiSous owners Danielle and Thai Dang are inviting folks, particularly those in Pilsen and members of the hospitality industry, to visit their acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant on Monday night. They’ll be giving away food starting at 6 p.m. at HaiSous and neighboring Cà Phê Đá. This is the Dangs’s way of helping as Chicago copes with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Monday’s is the first event, but chef Thai Dang wants to periodically give away ready-to-eat, packaged food that’s meant to be reheated at home. Chef advises he and his staff continue to take proper safety precautions. Pilsen is home to one of the largest immigrant populations in Chicago. Thai Dang hopes to help the immigrants who are part of the hospitality industry and others. Many industry members suddenly won’t have paychecks thanks to the state’s shutdown of restaurants and bars. Some workers are being asked to take furloughs as restaurants struggle with meeting payroll.
Takeout, delivery, curbside, and drive-thru can still take place under the state mandate, but the Dangs, who also have a stall at Time Out Market Chicago, want to do something different. This effort is in lieu of carryout and delivery. They’ll use social media to let people know of the next event.
“This is for Pilsen and for members of our industry,” he said. “The backbone of our industry is reliant on these immigrants. Some are not documented and lack the means to get out of this.”
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We don’t have much and we know what it is like to have nothing. We’re no strangers to hardship, but what we have is an abundance of love and compassion. With this mandated shut down of all restaurants/bars, all of our operations are at a halt. Instead of delivery systems or take out. We decided to gather a few of our management team together, look at what we have on hand and we’re cooking up a spread and putting so much love into it. * * We will be handing out packaged & ready to eat food to all Pilsen residence and to any industry folks affected deeply by this city wide shut down. Come to @haisouschicago @caphedachi at 6:00pm. More will be announce as the days come. Please tune in and spread the love to anyone that needs it. (Don’t worry- We took each other’s temperature, sanitize all surface areas, changing disposable gloves when needed and wore to be safe) You can’t help everyone, but you can make a difference to whoever you can help. Don’t do nothing, do something. When this is over and we can hug each other, I will be the last one to let go ❤️ With much love, -The Dangs
HaiSous and other restaurants in Illinois will close their dining rooms for at least two weeks starting on Monday night. Governor J.B. Pritzker’s order came Sunday afternoon and left restaurants flatfooted as they had to prepared to serve customers under normal circumstances this week. Thai Dang hopes to use his restaurants’s food before it perishes.
“This is serious,” Thai Dang said. “Every restaurant is sitting on inventory and supply,”
The Dangs’s generosity is noteworthy as they were victims of a scam involving their previous business partner that cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.