The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the restaurant community hard. While some restaurants have regrouped to offer takeout, many kitchen and floor staff are out of jobs. If you’re among them, we’ve compiled a list of resources that may be helpful. If you know of others, please pass them on to us.
- The James Beard Foundation has assembled a resource of tools to help save restaurants.
- Wagstaff has posted a call to action for people concerned about saving the restaurant industry to contact their representatives. A version of the release has been posted to our site.
- The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation is working on setting up a Restaurant Workers’ COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund; it has also compiled a massive list of resources for food workers, from business advice through mental health hotlines.
- The United States Bartender’s Guild is managing an Emergency Assistance Program. You can donate to the fund here, or apply for assistance here. Beam Suntory, the multinational spirits corporation, has announced they will contribute $1 million to the fund. Member companies of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) have pledged over $8.37 million.
- Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group has set up an Employee Relief Fund. Until March 24th, 100% of gift card sales will go into the fund. Meyer will be contributing his entire compensation and executives are taking “a meaningful pay cut” to provide the seed funding. See his tweet announcing the fund here.
- Death and Co. has established a staff relief fund for its three locations in New York, Denver and LA. A portion of the funds raised will be matched by their investors, and they’ve committed to continuing health insurance coverage for their employees through April 30.
- The Dining Bonds Initiative aims to generate revenue for restaurants by allowing consumers to buy bonds that can be redeemed at a later date.
- In NYC, ReThink is offering funding for 30 restaurants to transition to pickup/delivery models. It is also seeking food donations.
- Eater is compiling a list of relief funds available for restaurants, bars, and workers.
- The United States Bartenders’ Guild has launched a Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.
- Eater is keeping lists of restaurants offering delivery in New York, Nashville and Atlanta.
- Eater is tracking temporary and permanent restaurant closures in LA and San Francisco.
- Arjav Ezekiel has started a petition asking Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler to require “at-cost” rents for service industry workers for the next two months.
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