Zero Waste

This post was written by Rosie Glade, the newest worker owner at W/N W/N.  This piece reflects her values, passions, and motivations for serving quality coffee, booze, and food.  Cheers.

Restaurants are a lot of work to run, and to run them in a way that minimizes waste can triple the labor.  When I worked at an espresso bar, if we ran out of a syrup, we just cracked open a fresh can and refilled the pump.  When we created fruit scraps from the parfaits we assembled, we tossed it in the trash to be magically whisked away by a "waste management" truck.  


At W/N W/N the commitment to minimizing waste is present in small and subtle ways but adds up to many additional hours of labor.  But don't get it twisted, it's a labor of love.  

Instead of buying our syrups from sources that add chemical preservatives to maintain absurdly long shelf lives, we make our syrups from fresh ingredients and monitor their production dates closely.  Our ginger syrup is made from raw ginger roots, the tonic syrup from cinchona bark, the lemon juice is squeezed daily from lemons with our own hands.  Our herbs and barks are sourced from Frontier Co-op, a sustainable and ethical purveyor of which we are a member.  After playing their integral role supporting our collective love for the Cocktail, these herb scraps go into our compost bins with the rest of the kitchen scraps.  Our compost bins are tucked into a bike trailer and trundled up and over to Greener Partners Farm at Guild House West, an urban farm that graciously receives our organic offerings to support the cycle of growth and provide local healthy veggies to residents of the Poplar West neighborhood.  

At most businesses, this level of labor gets axed pretty quickly.  Labor hours are the most expensive cost to bear and eats into profits dramatically.  While we at W/N W/N want to be compensated reasonably, we also understand that we are living in a moment in which bottom line profit seeking is self indulgent and can't be entertained if we want to survive together.  We crunch the numbers, but also factor in more qualitative measures that are usually tossed aside in the quest for profit.  This additional labor time might slow immediate profits, but will pay off in the long term as it contributes to a healthy environment of fresh food, drink, and a sustainable local economy.  We care about where we came from, and we care about giving back.  Our goal is to create a sustainable economic model that supports our workers' dignity and development of strong community.  Instead of massive profits, we are committed to providing a new standard for doing business.


W/N W/N is changing it up again!  In our never ending quest to step up our programming, products, and service to you, our communities and customers, we are closing Monday, Tuesday, and suspending our brunch program.  Womp womp.  

And we're opening an hour earlier!!!

Starting Wednesday, August 24, we are opening at 4 pm to better serve our neighborhood and after-work seekers of cold drinks and good vibes.  

The new full schedule looks like:

Wednesdays 4pm-12am

Thursdays 4pm-12am

Friday 4pm-2am

Saturday 4pm-2am

Sundays 4pm-12am

This change will not only support upcoming improvements to our food and bar menus, it'll also give us more time to plan even more engaging events, from our tried and true live music, DJ nights, and art shows to an exciting new calendar of meet ups, themed happy hours, and interactive workshops.  Keep your eyes on our website, Instagram, and Facebook to stay posted, and as always, come see us in the shop!

Stay cool in this heat y'all.




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