This section of our website is dedicated to our public advocacy work raising awareness of mental health issues in the hospitality industry. Please click on one of the below articles or podcasts to stay up-to-date on our work.
We thank all publications and podcast hosts for allowing us to spread our message.
Board Member Erin Reifsnyder speaks with Chris Crowley at Grubstreet regarding the crushing mental and physical toll restaurant workers are facing working during the pandemic. Article - click here.
Our founder Zia Sheikh sat down with Perri Peltz and Matt O'Neill to discuss Restaurant After Hours and how hospitality workers are currently navigating the COVID-19 crisis. Download - click here.
Our founder Zia Sheikh wrote a letter to fellow hospitality employees outlining how to take their own mental health temperature for Restaurant Workers Community Foundation's October newsletter. Article - click here.
Journalist Andrea Strong thinks it's time we talk more candidly about Covid coping. Here she writes about ten different ways restaurant staff can do so. Article - click here.
In the "Recipes for Recovery" series, Founder Zia Sheikh speaks with Adam Stafford about how his personal mental health journey led him to found Restaurant After Hours, and how he has maintained his sobriety for almost two years. Podcast - click here.
Food writer Caroline Hatchett sheds light on a topic very seldom talked about in restaurants. With constant change happening due to COVID-19, how do we create space for grief and loss when speaking to our staff? Article - click here.
Incredibly humbled to be included with such great company. Fellow hospitality nonprofit A Balanced Glass recognizes the efforts the team at Restaurant After Hours put into our approachable and easy-to-navigate resources page. Article - click here.
In the wake of COVID-19's tremendous effect on the US restaurant industry, the LA Times listed Restaurant After Hours as a prime mental health resource for restaurant workers. Article - click here.
Proud to have our work featured in The Washington Post. The story highlights the ins and outs of freelance work, mental health of hospitality workers, and the overall work our founder has been doing since launch. Article - click here.
Proud to be recognized and honored with two general operating grants by Restaurant Workers Community Foundation in 2019 and 2020. We are humbled to be included with such great company. 2019 Article - click here.
On Monday, October 28th, 2019, Zia Sheikh moderated a business panel titled "Self-Care, Mental Health & Moving Forward" at 2019's StarChefs' ICC.
To help amplify the organization's message, Zia Sheikh has been working with apps such as Pared, Flex, and Instawork in and around the NYC area to meet other industry professionals and speak to managers about how to build better kitchen cultures. Here, Pared writes about his progress on their blog. Article - click here.
In April 2019 Zia Sheikh sat down with Ethan Frisch of Why Food? podcast on Heritage Radio Network. Him and Ethan speak about kitchen culture and the changes we need to begin to make. Podcast - click here.
When Restaurant After Hours was launched the industry noticed. Here, Zia Sheikh opens up to Erin Lettera of StarChefs about his mental health journey and how he founded Restaurant After Hours. Article - click here.
The support group is intended to be a comfortable, safe, and non-judgmental space for hospitality professionals to come together and share what is on their mind. For more information, please click the link below or visit the "Support Group" tab on our website.