When Lien Ta and her business partner Chef Jonathan Whitener chose to close their first restaurant Here’s Looking At You in mid-2020, they turned efforts to their sophomore space All Day Baby. Hoping to reopen, Ta shares the journey of Here’s Looking At You, from creating a fun and communal vibe to losing electricity during the restaurant's last opening day at the onset of the pandemic. “There were days when no orders came in and funds were going away, and it was best to put this beautiful restaurant to sleep,” she remembers.
The duo’s Go Fund me campaign aims to pay back rent of nearly $80,000 to the landlords and regain control of the kitchen. Beef tartare, mai tais, and frog legs are ready at the pass as soon as the restaurant reopens.