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Baltimore’s Joe Squared pizza to reopen as worker-owned cooperative

The comeback was far from a given; staff cleared out the walk-in refrigerator in March when the pandemic hit, and assumed it would never reopen. But owners were able to procure grants and loans to reopen, said Arabacıoğlu, and renegotiate their lease. He came back this week for the first time in months.

“It kind of feels unreal in a way,” said Arabacıoğlu. “We said our goodbyes and now we’re back.”

Once reopen, the restaurant will transition into a worker-owned cooperative, following a model used by local businesses like Red Emma’s, Baltimore Bicycle Works and Thread Coffee, according to a news release. That gives each worker a say in how the business is run. Future plans include expanding outdoor dining and adding a small store.

Read the rest at The Baltimore Sun


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