It's no secret that COVID has taken an especially large toll on hospitality in large urban centers as an estimated 17% of restaurants around the country have closed due to the pandemic. Join us for an interview with NYC mayoral candidate, Eric Adams, and hospitality executive, Erika London with SELECT CEO Carlo Cisco, as we discuss the state of hospitality in the age of COVID. Learn more about Eric and Erika below: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was born in Brownsville and raised in South Jamaica--one of six children raised by a single mom who cleaned houses. As a young man, Eric faced homelessness, hunger and brutality at the hands of police. But instead of giving into anger, Eric joined the NYPD and fought for reform in the department. He also put himself through school, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. From the NYPD, he was elected to the State Senate, where he pushed through measures to protect tenants and workers, and advance human rights. As Brooklyn’s first Black Borough President, he has worked tirelessly to grow the local economy, reduce inequality, improve public safety, and advocate for better government. Erika is President and Partner at simplevenue, a hospitality company which owns and operates unique food and beverage micro-concepts in under-utilized spaces. The simplevenue portfolio features over a dozen Sushi by Bou, Sushi by Bae and Sushi Suite locations throughout NYC, NJ, Chicago and Miami. Her tenure in the hospitality industry includes owning and operating dozens of NYC's most iconic venues including Hudson Terrace, SideBAR, Tres Carnes and Village Pourhouse as well as co-founding and running iAdventure, an event marketing and production company which produced events and festivals for up to 10,000 people. Erika also co-founded cityMANI, a company that modernized the antiquated nail salon experience with mobile manicures. cityMANI was ultimately acquired by Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.