Olly Olly in come free…
In the interest of fairplay – in a local soap opera of historic, tabloid TV news proportion – I bring you the following message from the jazz club known as Jardine’s just off the Country Club Plaza:
Come and get it!
That’s right, as reported here last week, Jardine’s owner Beena Raja has her checkbook at the ready and wants to settle up with members of her now-former wait staff. Including the pair that were fired, the manager who resigned and the dozen or so others who vanished into thin air.
"I want to pay all of the employees," Raja says. "I went back through my records and I want to pay them today."
Just one problem…
"I don’t know how much," Raja says. "I need to get that from my (ex) manager and I will meet with them somewhere besides Jardine’s and I’ll have a lawyer there and I will pay them. But I need to know how much, including the tips."
To that end, Raja has sent messages and attempted to contact the manager, who resigned after she walked in on employees at 4 a.m. drinking illegally after hours at the club Thanksgiving morning.
"But he did not respond," Raja says. "I have not heard back from any of them. I’m waiting to hear and I want to settle today. I have all of my records. The other person I need to settle with is Dave Stephens and I’ll take that up with him."
Raja reopened Jardine’s Monday by completing a commitment to KC Confidential and hosting its Holiday Wilding It remains open for business with a full staff, musicians and a growing calendar of dates as Raja fills in for acts that cancelled..