Best Of 2020

Best Pandemic Metamorphosis: Proper House Group

Proper House Group

Listening to a chef detail how he’s going to have to layoff pretty much his entire staff across three concepts is heartbreaking. Especially when that chef is heart-on-his-sleeve James Beard nominee Ferrell Alvarez. But chef—along with his Proper House Group partners Chon Nguyen and Ty Rodriguez—made the tough cuts and then spent the next few months crawling back with takeout concepts, burgers and anything else they could throw at the situation. The result? The piecemeal hiring back of virtually everyone Proper House laid off, and while no restaurant—including Alvarez’s—is anywhere near out of the coronavirus conundrum (in fact, canceled reservations now threaten the restaurant’s livelihood), seeing the group being laid off staff back is inspiring. —Ray Roa

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