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  1. I no longer live in the Chicagoland area, so I’ve never visited a Pret – though my friends seem to be hooked on the eatery! But as someone that personally knew Dante, I can assure you that he was always obnoxiously happy and loud (haha!). One of the nicest men you can come across and I’ve had the joy of knowing him for the last 12 years of our short 29 year lives. I’m amazed and pleased that his employer chose to honor him in this way and that they allowed a space for grieving. Thank you for your article.

    • I’m sorry for your loss, LaShonda. I hope that the respect shown by his company on his passing gives you some comfort.

      • Thank you, Jill.

  2. This is a truly impressive act. We don’t have this chain in CA, but when I lived in NYC for the better part of a decade I did frequent this chain. The food is great, as was the service.

  3. Thanks for bringing forth this topic. We often don’t stop to think about the story behind a closure, and while I’ve seen other restaurants and stores (very occasionally) exhibit this spirit, your story made me think about what that represents in effort and concern for the stores’ employees.

    Thanks for this well-written insight.

  4. I knew Dante. He was an extremely nice person. That being said, Pret is a horrible company to work for.

  5. It’s an important topic. I used to work in a professional office that required us to use our earned Annual Leave in order to leave the office for a few hours to attend the nearby funerals of a valued co-worker’s parents. No one in management attended. The messages sent by these managerial actions — or non-actions — screamed volumes.


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