Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Many Americans are also participating in A Day Without A Woman, a worldwide protest in which “women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.”
Some Atlanta restaurants are taking part in the celebration and protest by closing early, making donations, and/or paying tribute to the women on their staffs. Below, see which local establishments are participating. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a lengthy roundup of establishments owned by women.
Farm Burger is donating a portion of today’s profits from all locations to the James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership Foundation. This program “gives women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts and at least two years of relevant work experience a chance to work with top industry leaders and build in-depth skills in the kitchen or in restaurant management and hospitality.”
Throughout the day, the ownership group behind West Egg Cafe, The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, and, soon, The Canteen, is shining a spotlight on the women who make these restaurants go.
We know very well how valuable women are to our businesses. Our family of businesses -- @thegeneralmuir, @tgmbread, @fredsmeatbread, @yallaatl, @thecanteenatl, @westeggcafe, @oddbirdatl -- is 50% woman-owned, by @officegrrl and @shelley_sweet. Shelley began her restaurant career at West Egg in 2004. She joined the @concentricsrestaurants group in 2006, serving as a manager at @twourbanlicks, Assistant General Manager at @murphysatlanta and ultimately as General Manager of @tapat1180 from 2008 to 2010. She was the opening General Manager at @hughacheson's @essouth. Coming full circle, Shelley rejoined @westeggcafe in 2011 as General Manager, becoming a partner in 2014. Now she is a partner in several more restaurants, a member of @lesdamesatl, and 2014 @garestaurantassociation Restaurateur of the Year. We're proud of our success providing opportunities and professional advancement for women in our industry. Stay tuned to meet some more of our #WonderWomen. #beboldforchange #internationalwomensday
Whether you started coming to @thegeneralmuir when it first opened in January 2013 or came for the first time this month, you've probably met #WonderWoman Liz Molfese. Liz started with us as a manager on Day 1. Opening a new restaurant is hard! Keeping a restaurant special is even harder! Then we opened @fredsmeatbread, @yallaatl, and @tgmbread. Not only is Liz still with us, but as we prepare to open @thecanteenatl this spring, she has a new role: Director of Operations over the entire restaurant group. #beboldforchange #internationalwomensday #WonderWomen
If you follow Chris Marconi (@babybonez) on Instagram, well . . . you know she's special (check out those hashtags). She's very special to us; she's been part of our restaurant family for 5 1/2 years, when she became Pastry Chef at @westeggcafe. After 3 years she came over to head the pastry department at @thegeneralmuir, where she not only makes the delicious treats for this restaurant, but also for @fredsmeatbread and @yallaatl. #beboldforchange #internationalwomensday #WonderWomen
Meet another one of our #WonderWomen, General Manager Anna Comstock, who has been with us for 5 1/2 years, originally as a server. Read her story (link in @noshtalks profile) and see what you can accomplish with passion, determination, hard work -- and another #WonderWoman as your mentor (looking at you @shelley_sweet). #beboldforchange #internationalwomensday #repost @noshtalks ・・・ OUR STORIES: Featuring Anna Comstock, General Manager at West Egg Cafe! What an incredible story of passion and determination. Congratulations Anna! Read her story in link above. Written by the incredibly talented @liapicard #westeggcafe @westeggcafe @anna.bell22 @karenapagano
@hudson.carrie is our incredible pastry chef and mother hen extraordinaire, both to her West Egg family and to her own flock at home. She is tireless, and tirelessly creative. One day it's zombie gingerbread men (with a limb or cranium missing) and the next it's an elegant dessert table for a rehearsal dinner. #beboldforchange #internationalwomensday #WonderWomen #WonderWoman
Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand is encouraging fans to support women-owned businesses in Atlanta.
Tipple + Rose Tea Parlor + Apothecary is encouraging patrons to support women-owned businesses throughout Atlanta and to participate in A Day Without A Woman protests.
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co. is giving women a 10 percent discount on its chai tea latte.
Monday Night Brewing is pushing back against the notion that beer culture is a guy thing by featuring six women who are full-time employees at the brewery. Brewer Sarah Green, packaging manager Rachel Bell, tasting room director Carlen Funk, sales director Rachel Kiley, market manager Jaclyn Turner, and market manager Kelsey Daniels tell their stories here.
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is making a donation to the International Women's House. The Decatur-based organization supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking, and it assists to provide victims with tools and skills to live their lives free of violence.