Now is the time to support the restaurants you love. Nearly all small businesses are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic — diners, bistros, taquerias, four-star destinations, bakeries, izakayas, breweries. Restaurants have always been there for you; it’s now time to rally for them. Here are some ways to do that.
Check in on your favorite restaurants directly.
Each business is a little different, so make the effort to see how they are asking for help. That could mean a direct call, or simply checking a website or Instagram page, or even sliding into their DMs. (For example, an increasing number of restaurants are raising funds for employees.)
Make your voice heard. Contact your representatives.
Many restaurants will not be able to survive this crisis without sweeping aid from federal, state and city governments.
- Call your senator at (202) 224-3121. Call your local mayor or governor.
- Note: The Resy Help Desk has compiled a COVID-19 Contact List of Government Officials by State.
- Save Local Restaurants: The newly formed Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC), led by Tom Colicchio and other prominent chefs, is trying to create a united voice to advocate for aid and policy.
- Sign the petition: Change.org: Save America’s Restaurants
- Sign the petition: Change.org: Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants
- Feeding America — Feeding America works with food banks across the country to provide food to people in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is even more need for food banks.
- Additionally, American Express has pledged $1M to support organizations that are working towards COVID-19 relief efforts. When you use Membership Rewards® points through JustGiving towards a donation to Feeding America, American Express will match the dollar amount of each donation — up to $1,000,000 in total donations.
- Order’s Up — Make a single or continuous contribution to a restaurant to help keep it financially viable. They in turn will cook and deliver a meal to those in need.
- Frontline Foods (National) — Donate funds and help feed 50 hospital workers ($20/meal).
- Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation — RWCF has established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community,
- Support Workers in Crisis/One Fair Wage — Tipped workers and other service workers were already struggling. OFW is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
- Hook Hall Helps (DC)
- Southern Smoke Foundation (TX)
- USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance (National)
- World Central Kitchen (National)
- Hospitality United Tee (CHI)
- La Cocina Emergency Relief Fund (SF)
- The United Sommeliers Foundation (National)
Order takeout and delivery.
Many restaurants across the country are trying to stay open with new delivery and takeout services. It’s unknown how long this forced experiment will be sustainable, but in the short-term, many are hoping it can keep the lights on.
Resy City Guides to Takeout and Delivery: We’ve compiled map-based lists in many major markets of Resy restaurants that have shifted to takeout and delivery options.
- New York: Manhattan | Brooklyn and Queens
- Burlington, VT
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Long Island/Hamptons
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey
- New Orleans
- Portland, ME
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco/Bay Area
- South Bay (L.A.) and Orange County
- Washington DC
Other great local guides from around the country can be had from local media outlets such as:
- New York: Eater, Infatuation
- Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times, Eater
- Chicago: Dining at Distance, Chicago Tribune
- Bay Area: San Francisco Chronicle, Edible SF
- Portland: The Oregonian
Find other ways to give restaurants money.
Gift certificates: Many restaurants are offering some type of gift certificates via various platforms.
- Rally For Restaurants: Gift cards via Toast.
- Help Main Street: Find gift cards for over 10,000 businesses.
- Give Local: Gift cards for restaurants across the country.
- Dining Bonds Initiative: Buy a $100 gift certificate (“dining bond”) for $75 at top restaurants across the country.
Products and Merchandise: If your favorite restaurant sells t-shirts or pantry items like hot sauce or jams, chances are you can buy them now. Wine bundles for a cause are being offered, too. (Some other outlets have some great collections, too.)
Just a few of our favorites:
- Nyum Bai, OAK
- Kismet, LA
- Sqirl, LA
- Kopitiam, NYC
- Rose’s Fine Food, DET
- ATOBOY, NYC
- The Four Horsemen, NYC
- Land & Sea Dept., CHI
- Fat Rice, CHI
- Pleasantry, CIN
- Le Pigeon, PDX
- Konbi, LA
- Diner, NYC
- Elena, MTL
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