Although time may heal wounds it cannot erase pictures. And, the images of those two planes turned missiles, dissecting two of America´s iconic buildings will last forever in the minds of all of those who have watched the tape again and again.
Time can also allow for new images to be painted and evolve into pictures of accomplishment. So it is with Colors, the restaurant opened in Greenwich Village by the 50 former employees of Windows on the World restaurant, which was once situated on the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
This morning, Colors had a memorial service for all of those lost in the horrific event that changed the world.
When Sharda Young answered the phone at Colors the memorial service for those lost on 9/11 had just ended. The service was the first for the restaurant since opening in January of this year.
“The service went very well. It was very moving. The restaurant was packed. I can’t tell you how many people came because there were so many.”
Young’s tone was soothing. She is one of the hard working members of Colors.
The Colors undertaking is one of the most commendable events to come out of the 9/11 tragedy. The waiters, busboys, bartenders and other former employees of Windows and come from 22 countries including 10 from South Asia. The restaurant came about with the help of the Restaurant Opportunities Center whose executive director, Saru Jayaraman said the workers will share in the profits of the company.
Currently profits have probably not been that noticeable as is the case in most restaurants during the first few years. But the ownership, a co op if you will, has most likely experienced something more important in life´s long run than culinary profits. They have fulfilled their dream. And with good reason.
I am sure they have had their moments of frustration, and anger, and pain and joy and elation. Their efforts are commendable and deserve a round of applause from everyone in the restaurant community.