California reopens: North Bay MH Bread and Butter bakery rehires employees after coronavirus leave; locals see it as a positive sign
In this case, it also represents a promise of better times.
“I don’t know any of these people, but just being with other human beings, even with masks on?” said Danny Arrras of Kentfield as he waited.
And so the crowd gathered outside MH Bread and Butter in San Anselmo, where owner Devon Yanko allowed social distancing customers in one at a time while her husband Nathan finished gluten-free muffins at the back.
“What time did you start today?” We asked Nathan.
“2:45 am.” As I am
MH Bread and Butter had a lot of energy on Thursday, and for good reason. When the coronavirus hit full force, this bakery laid off 37 employees. Two months later, Wednesday and Thursday, they returned to work.
“Getting people into financial trouble is never easy,” Devon Yanko told us. “We were telling people we would bring you back but we didn’t know if that was true.”
“We were just trying to stay open,” Nathan added. “It was important to us that they had a business to return to.”
This comeback only took place after the bakery received a federal wage protection loan, and that in the second round.
Baker Dan Ferreira returned to work on Wednesday. “It had been a long time since we had found our routine. At first, I didn’t think we would be out until May.”
But they were. And now they’re back. And if you believe in the symbolism of small steps, take to heart the return of this small business – a small story that perhaps represents something bigger.
“It feels like we could get back to sort of normal at some point,” said Danny Arras, still on hold.
Normal. The old.
Who wouldn’t stand in line for this?
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