In 2014, a bakery in Los Angeles, California, became a national symbol of the crisis of food insecurity, and now, it is closing.
The bakery in question, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, was shut down on August 3 due to a severe shortage of baked goods and, in turn, a shortage of labor.
As a result of the shutdown, the bakery’s employees had to take shifts of two weeks in order to make the bread they need to sell to customers.
The employees at the bakery were forced to work without pay, and the owners of the bakery, Rosemary and Joe Sousa, have refused to pay their workers.
In the days following the shutdown of the Sweet Cake bakery, the owners have stated that they will continue to bake, and that they plan to open another bakery.
A representative for the Sousas has stated that the Sausas bakery will reopen in the near future.
However, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sousalas brother-in-law, Thomas Hensley, stated that while they will not reopen, the Sikesons plan to reopen their other bakery, The Sweet Spot, which is located a few blocks away from the bakery.
Henslay, who is also the owner of the popular Southern California restaurant The Sousatons, has been outspoken about his opposition to the closure of the Sakes bakery.
In a Facebook post on August 10, 2017, Hensleys brother-insister, Thomas Sousah, wrote, “I just want to say I’m sorry.
I will never, ever open another Sausa bakery again.
This will happen in the very near future.”
Sousahs brother-aside, Hennesley, has since publicly stated that he would not reopen the Sades bakery, as the closure would mean that his business would be “ruined,” and that his family would “have to move away.”
Hennesly stated that this decision would affect the Sesans family, stating that they “would never want to lose the people that make our family happy.”
The brothers-inlaws have also claimed that they have no intention of relocating, and have stated on numerous occasions that they would prefer to reopen another Sousak bakery than shut down their own business.
Although the Sases and the Saks have been adamant in their support for the bakery closing, there are many who believe that closure is not the best option.
Some are even calling for a boycott of the company.
The boycott is gaining momentum in the food industry.
On August 20, 2017 , members of the food truck scene began staging a walkout in solidarity with the Sweet Sakes family.
As of September 15, 2018, more than 20 truck drivers from around the country have been participating in the walkout.
The protesters have stated, “The workers deserve better than this.
We’ve all had jobs at the Sweet, the owner is disgusting, the workers are desperate, and there’s a food shortage in Los Angels.
There’s no way this business is going to survive without us.”
On August 21, 2018 , Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu announced that he plans to introduce legislation that would ban the business from operating in Los Angles.
“We’re not going to stand by and watch a business that treats its workers like garbage,” Ryu stated.
Ryu has also stated that, if passed, the law would be the “first time that an ordinance has been enacted banning a company that makes products that people are supposed to eat.”
In addition to the boycott of Sweet Cakies, some have also been pressuring the bakery owners to close down.
On September 6, 2018 at least two food trucks pulled into the parking lot of Sweet Sausages store in Culver City, California.
The owners of both trucks stated that Sweet Saks bakery is not profitable, and would not be able to survive if the restaurant was closed.
One of the trucks stated, “[The owners] have never paid employees and have taken over a bakery that was sold out of its space.
They have no business model.
They are trying to run a food truck and make money.”
In the wake of the closure, some people have expressed their anger and frustration at the loss of the business.
One Redditor, /u/KylieBarker, commented on the closure stating, “We are just trying to live our lives and have fun.
We don’t want to be homeless again.
There are so many things we could do to keep this place going, we just can’t do it.”
In a statement on the Sweetcakes Facebook page, owner Rosemary Sousar stated, We have been here for over a year and we have always been a great family business.
We are extremely grateful to our community, our customers and the community at large for all of the support that we have received and continue to receive.
We have done everything that we