Couple's new La Cocina Mesa restaurant grew out of worker relief meal program during the pandemic
La Cocina Mesa, which is Spanish for “the kitchen table.”

When the pandemic shut down Jennifer and Grant Gottesman’s three Carlsbad restaurants in March 2020, they were forced to furlough 140 workers. To support their suddenly idled staff, the Gottesmans asked company executive chef Moises Hernandez and a small crew of kitchen workers to prepare free takeout meals twice a week for every employee. But instead of making dishes from the menus of the Gottesmans’ shuttered Black Rail Kitchen + Bar, Tin Leaf Kitchen and Beach Plum Kitchen restaurants, Hernandez’s team cooked the regional Mexican food that they grew up on.

San Diego Union-Tribune
Pam Kragen
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