At a regular West Hollywood City council meeting on Monday, December 4, 2023, the city council recognized standout individuals who organized the successful Jones Takeover, a fundraisers in support of Jones Hollywood Cafe. The event took place at Employees Only Restaurant and Bar on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. Jones is currently closed due to a car collision that caused structural damage to the cafe room, rendering it non-operational and putting staff out of work.
During the presentations portion of the meeting, Mayor Pro-Tem John Erickson presented Eddie Johnson of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Casey Lambert, who works for Bacardi, Joshua Jancewicz who works for Grey Goose, and the entire Jones Hollywood Team with West Hollywood Certificates of Recognition for organizing the fundraiser in support of staff at Jones Hollywood who are currently collecting unemployment while repairs are in the works at the restaurant.
“There are so many in our community who are working to make a difference,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Erickson. “But those that went out of their way to ensure one of our amazing local businesses–one where you’ll probably find me stuffing my face with spaghetti way too late in the night, Jones Hollywood, to make sure that they come back better than ever…various individuals in attendance tonight rallied behind Jone’s support on Tuesday, November 28. I attended alongside some city employees…”
The Mayor Pro-Tem expressed gratitude to Tom Sopit, one of the managing partners at Employees Only who spearheaded the event, but was not able to attend the meeting.
Eddie Johnson spoke before the council in honor of the service industry he calls family. “Jones is family to us,” he said. “We spend so many of our late nights there. They support us, so it was without question that we wanted to support them.”
The event was a huge success raising $11,500, which went directly towards the staff at Jones Hollywood Cafe.
“The event was full of positive energy,” Tom Sopit told WEHO TIMES the day after the event. “Everyone knew what they were there for. There were plenty of donations for raffles. We had 200 hats and pretty much sold all of them. It was great. It was really great.”
Mayor Pro-Tem John Erickson, City Manager David Wilson, and Director of Community Safety, Danny Rivas were at the event to support the cause.
Jones Hollywood Cafe currently sits empty surrounded by caution tape with the front and side of the building boarded with plywood. Artwork by WRDSMTH on the storefront makes light of the situation with the words, “for the record, Jones is not a drive-thru”.
According to a bulletin on the Jones website, the restaurant is currently working with The City of West Hollywood to reopen.
There is also a gofundme page in support of the staff. The $11,500 donated by Employees Only has recently bumped the funds raised to $20,925, as of the posting of this piece.
To donate, or buy some Jones Hollywood swag, visit the gofundme link below: