The present lockdown has forced many eating joints to shut down. It also forced Sushi 661 in Canyon Country to close. Its owner David Song Cho who prided in providing fresh food, found the going tough like many businesses in Santa Clarita Valley.
Talking to ‘The Signal,’ Song Cho said, “We never thought we would have to do to-go orders. Sushi is a, ‘Come inside and dine in’ type of food.”
The eating house had only one phone line, and the orders were aplenty. Still, the sales were not to the level it was before the pandemic.
Song Cho said, “People are trying to save money, not go out to eat. We were doing $6,000 to $8,000 per day in sales, and we dropped to $200.”
So Cho started donating much of the unsold rice he had to his employees. He bought them canned food, ensured their families were well-fed. However, Song still worried about his business. Cho asked his employees not to worry, but deep down, he knew that these are tough times.
A small gesture in trying times
Thinking that it was the end of his restaurant, Cho decided to do something good. He made a call to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, hoping to donate food for the entire staff. Cho was expecting to give 100 to 200 rolls, but the hospital informed him that the requirement was just double. Song took up the challenge confirmed ingredients and took it upon himself to package each roll individually so that each health care worker would get their own.
Cho enlisted the help of six of his employees and prepared 415 rolls, which he called “Henry Mayo rolls.” He donated it to the hospital.
Talking to ‘The Signal’ Song Cho chuckled, “I knocked out for like three days after 400 rolls. That was probably the hardest challenge in my entire career.”
200 Honolulu poke bowls
Song Cho is also a member of the Kaiser Permanente. Cho made 200 Honolulu poke bowls to donate to Kaiser Permanente. The task was more manageable since you don’t have to roll the rice balls, and each member got an individual portion.
A lot of food goes to waste right now. By this simple act, Cho has ensured that the food reaches the needy and the deserving. What do you think about it? How can different institutions serve the people who are at the front? Please give your valuable opinion in the comment section below.