The act of reinventing oneself can be a harrowing endeavor under the best of circumstances. Having such a chore forced upon you, by powers beyond your control, only serves to complicate the matter. Restaurants around the world have been forced to pivot in ways incomprehensible just a short time ago. Our communities have lost a lot as a result of the pandemic, but we continue to forge ahead, determined to reconnect with the people and places we once cherished. Louisiana folks know this task all too well. We've been forced to claw our way out of treacherous circumstances more times than I care to revisit.
This one is different, let's admit that. The loss of life and the preservation of property is not a condition we often deal with. At times, it seems nothing has been destroyed, but everything is ruined.
The Acme Oyster House family and the Louisiana Restaurant Association have a long-standing relationship. Members of the Acme family have represented the LRA in many ways, for many years. The ROI related to that investment has never been more evident. The work of the LRA on our state's behalf has been tremendously enlightening during this pandemic. The regular and concise communication as a result of these efforts has created an opportunity for our organization to focus on our customers, employees, business practices and safety protocols. During times like this, you take stock. You count your allies, find the 'holes in your boat' and get to work. The team at the LRA has served as a sentinel of the highest regard while tirelessly communicating with state and federal legislators on behalf of the nearly 10,000 restaurants in our state. I know that I speak for the entire Acme family as I thank the LRA team for their dedication.
I look forward to serving as the Northshore Chapter President for the coming year. I pray that we'll be able to share a meal and pass a good time very soon.
LRA Northshore Chapter President
Acme Oyster House