From day one of opening Margot, chef Drake Tillman has demonstrated his passion for supporting others. For example, he made a commitment to give all staff a starting wage of $12 per hour, regardless of experience.
Now, he's demonstrating his values through his new "Margot Bowls" program. When you place a to-go or delivery order on Margot’s website, you can add an $8 Margot Bowl to your cart. In return, Tillman provides a bowl of food for people in need, including furloughed restaurant industry workers and parents who must stay home from work to watch their children.
The restaurant features a constantly changing menu of vegetable-inspired, hyper-local dishes.
Tillman says he found the inspiration for Margot Bowls from a chef based out of Seattle. "I know a lot of people who work paycheck to paycheck, and I myself have for a long time," he says. "Until this gets figured out, a lot of people are scared they won't be able to eat. It seemed obvious to me that I should feed anyone I can that needs it."
Last week, the French-American bistro closed its dining room and began offering two menus: Mar-GO At Home and Mar-GO Takeout. Mar-GO at home includes dinner for two for $50 for pickup or delivery for customers within range. Mar-GO Takeout features a limited takeout menu and grab-and-go items like chicken or mushroom fried rice and chicken and white Cheddar congee.
And purchasing a meal from Margot also supports multiple other local businesses. Tillman uses Peace Valley Poultry chicken, bread from The Artisan's Oven and produce from Millsap Farms on his to-go offerings.
Margot, 206 E. Commercial St. (inside The Artisan's Oven), Springfield, Missouri, margotsgf.com