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‘They deserve a break’: Restaurant owners treat employees to Vegas trip

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 9:59 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE/Gray News) - Restaurant owners decided to give their employees a special thank you for keeping their customers fed during the COVID-19 pandemic — a trip to Las Vegas, WAVE reported.

Ramen House’s staff traveled to Sin City and the restaurant was closed for the week, according to a Facebook post by the owners.

“Sorry we are closed this week... our employees have worked so hard and diligently through all the crazy times we went through. They deserve a break,” the post reads.

Sorry we are closed this week.. our employees have worked so hard and diligently through all the crazy times we went...

Posted by Ramen House Louisville on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Several Ramen House employees were pictured waiting at the boarding gate in the post.

Restaurant owner Jonathan Ham said nearly a dozen employees went on the trip and that he paid for their plane tickets and lodging.

There were some employees who couldn’t go, but Ham said they received bonuses.

“I just don’t think it should be all about the money,” Ham said. “It should be about the relationships that we build. For the most part, all of my people love working for this restaurant. They believe in it, and they all have that accountability where they feel like it’s part of them. And that’s what I wanted to instill, and this is just a thank you gesture.”

In comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page, customers praised the owners for appreciatiing their employees.

“I already loved y’all’s food but this is amazing, thank you for showing your employees you appreciate them!” one customer wrote.

“You all are even more awesome than I thought,” another patron wrote.

Others who had never been to Ramen House said they were excited to support the restaurant because of the treatment of their employees.

“Never had your food, but definitely will. I love a business that values and appreciates their employees,” one person wrote.

“I got choked up yesterday seeing all the support, just all of the messages, people telling us they love us and they’re going to support us,” Ham said. “It was awesome.”

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the Ramen House staff also took a kayaking trip together in April.

“We all stuck together as a group,” Ham said, “and were like we’re going to get through this together.”

Ramen House will open again next week for regular business hours.

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