Txikito is a love letter to the Basque country in Spain- a region whose cuisine is distinguished by excellence and simplicity in both ingredients and techniques. It is unencumbered food in which humble ingredients like beans and peppers hold the same value as aged farmhouse cheeses, pristine seafood, and unique breeds of lamb and cattle.
Prior to Covid-19, Txikito was a thriving restaurant contributing to the vibrancy of our neighborhood. Our commitment to developing talent and taking care of people while contributing creatively to our profession is unwavering. Some of our current employees helped us open more than 12 years ago, many have learned and grown and earned promotions, others have helped us open newer spots in our small collection of neighborhood restaurants, and still others have gone on to run other distinguished operations we admire. Many on our team are like us: parents with school-aged or infant children. We have carved out a home in our neighborhood, serving as a host for celebrations and shelter in times of crisis. We have a long lease and a bright future in this space and with this community if we can reopen.
Our primary goals are:
1. Restore jobs: We employ approximately 25 individuals who rely on this income for their livelihoods, and we want to ensure their stability and health now and into the future.
2. Participate in the supply chain of our industry: We patronize and support fellow small businesses and local farms that have suffered from the halting of their operations.
3. Reinvent a sustainable business model: Now is the time for our industry to not just rebuild, but to reimagine our systems and our footprint.
4. Provide collective relief and sense of purpose to our community: We have served our neighbors without fail over the last 12 years in times of joy and sorrow, both ours and theirs. It is in our nature to be here for them amid this crisis to provide the comfort, normalcy, and sense of community that we all need right now.