Surly Beer Hall, located in the heart of Prospect Park in Minneapolis, has set a date for its gradual reopening as pandemic restrictions loosen, starting June 1, 2021. The first phase of reopening will be its sprawling brewery, which was known to be for indoor / outdoor seating and a stacked menu with hearty comfort food. The second-floor pizzeria and private event center will eventually follow, depending on when state-imposed COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Closed after what Surly called “a full-scale layoff,” following a huge 82% drop in on-site food and beer sales on November 2, Surly’s closure came in the midst of ‘a unionization effort that began in August 2020 by the very same staff that he subsequently sacked. The unionization attempt was technically unsuccessful by one voice when the vote took place in October 2020. While Surly’s operations have encouraged everyone to reapply, the gradual reopening is seen as the latest sting. in a sour relationship with former employees, as many will not see their jobs return.
Additionally, figures from the Washington Post show that Surly Brewing Company received $ 2,806,297 in PPP loans for its staff of 370, which was approved by the SBA on April 10, 2020. Check Protection Program Loan Rules SBA payroll reports indicate that after 24 weeks of receiving the PPP loan, if a company’s financial situation has not improved, time off or layoffs can be made, if necessary.
Surly’s announced gradual reopening via Instagram drew a lot of comments in favor of former Surly employees and called on founder Omar Ansari and hospitality manager Dan DiNovis to recognize the union and recruit these former employees.
The Surly brewery is looking to hire a new chef. Ansairi told the Star Tribune this leader Ben Peine would not return. The brewery is now working on hiring workers who will work across all aspects of the business, where in the past the brewery, pizzeria and private event center all operated independently of each other. While DiNovis said they are “basically starting over,” Ansari also announced that they are dropping tips, replacing them with a flat 18% service charge, which will allow them to provide expected new hires with respective benefits such as that healthcare, 401 (k), and paid vacation, the same benefits former Surly staff had taken away from them in the throes of the pandemic.
Prior to all of this, Surly was perhaps best known as the industry-leading brewery pushing for Minnesota law to allow customers to consume their product on the spot. The bill was commonly known as the Surly Bill, which was enacted in 2011, which led to a wave of open bathrooms across the metro area and beyond. The brewery then took its time to build a massive brewery in an industrial part of Minneapolis with a vast green space, a brewery stacked with long tables for common seating, a production space, a hall for private events and a fine dining restaurant. upstairs. The fine-dining restaurant, Brewer’s Table, would close shortly after receiving wide national attention, including a nomination from James Beard for its chef. Surly replaced this restaurant with a New Haven-style pizza restaurant that was part of the take-out brasserie menu that Surly attempted to maintain.