Restaurants are fighting for relief. Over 110,000 have closed. In small ways, you can help. After all, we all want our favorite spots open when it's time.
1. POST & TAG
In marketing, a time-tested truth is that people listen to their close friends first. Whose book recommendations do you consider? Whose happy-hour finds are you most likely to try? If you've got a business you love, where the ramen is always perfect, or the fries are always crisped to perfection, tell your friends! There is a good chance if you order from them, your friends can too. So, share your favorite spots on social media, just like you'd show off that drink from happy hour, or those bomb tacos. This small gesture helps market your favorite spots. Don't forget to TAG and link!
2. ORDER FROM THEM
This seems like a no-brainer, and yet, it needs to be said. Remember how restaurants get grades? That's because they had to pass inspections to be able to feed you safely. They're cleaning even more than ever, and anyone who has been food safety certified, probably cleans their kitchen better than most of us. So, yes, dining in may be too risky for some, but delivery or take out is so do-able. We suggest re-plating take out meals and recreating the ambiance of a restaurant. Yes, a toddler might still be hollering in the background, but be fair, the hollering toddler would have been in the high-chair next to you anyway.
3. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT
Restaurants are seeking relief. If this were a hurricane, there would be insurance. But the COVID pandemic has been unprecedented, and there are not many options for relief. If you lost all your income, could you keep your household running? Us either. The National Restaurant Association is pushing Congress to over relief for restaurants. Use your voice to boost what the restaurant industry is already asking for: a chance to survive. Sign your name here: National Restaurant Association
4. TIP LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Yes, you're ordering out, so you can tip your driver. But check your apps for options to tip your restaurants! Apps such as Uber Eats offer a restaurant tip option, separate from tipping delivery drivers. Usually. the business will receive the full amount of this tip without fees. Keep in mind, while healthcare workers are on the front line, there are many other workers who are ESSENTIAL in this pandemic, and they're facing job loss, in addition to facing a COVID. Going in person to pick-up? Walk with cash, or tip if you have the option via cashless payment.
5. CHECK IN ON THE HUMANS
At Food Service Direct, we don't just like restaurants, we love them. Beyond making amazing meals and experiences, a restaurant owner, a chef, is a risk taker, and often an artist. They went against a lot of odds to be in foodservice, often times against the advice of loved ones, all to chase a dream, one with NARROW profit margins, even when they succeed! This moment, to be transparent, is a nightmare in foodservice, and it's pushing people to their mental health limits. A verbal check in costs you nothing, a kind word via social media to their accounts can make a difference.