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What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

#1 Post by George Hejna » March 28th, 2020, 8:33 am

I didn't want to hijack the BYOB thread and I also think this is important enough to have it's own topic.

Clearly, the restaurant industry is in BIG trouble. We all seem to enjoy restaurants around the world quite frequently.

So what are you doing to help?

There are many GoFundMe pages.
There are many restaurants offering take out
There is the gift card option.

Personally, I have been ordering a lot of take out from my favorite restaurants and trying to donate to the GoFundMe accounts of small restaurants that have always treated me well.

What say you?


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#2 Post by Bud Carey » March 28th, 2020, 8:44 am

Our favorite local Italian byob is doing takeout on weekends. We have ordered every day that they have offered takeout. We also give a 25% gratuity, and purchase a $100 gift certificate to support their cash flow.
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#3 Post by Dennis Atick » March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am

It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use.

I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people feel that is safe, but that is just me.
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#4 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » March 28th, 2020, 9:07 am

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am
It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use.

I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people feel that is safe, but that is just me.
Dennis - This article helped me get reasonably comfortable with getting take-out.

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/foo ... guide.html

Everything other than staying at home and having zero contact with the outside world carries some degree of risk. It's up to every individual what degree of risk they are willing take, so I'm not trying to change your mind, only sharing something that was useful to me. A highlight:

"Can I get COVID-19 from touching or eating contaminated food?
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging

According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging.


Are we sure food isn’t a vector of COVID-19 transmission?
No, we don't know for sure. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that food is not a vector. The epidemiology of food-borne pathogens is well studied, with government data going back to 1938. The spread pattern of COVID-19 does not fit models of foodborne outbreaks, which are defined as two or more people getting sick from the same contaminated food or drink.

For instance, Singapore has tracked its COVID-19 patients and submitted them to extensive interviews by teams from the Ministry of Health to try to determine patterns of spread. It's been found that most cases are linked to clusters of people, including hotel guests attending conferences, church groups, and shoppers, while none are linked to contaminated food or drink.

The fact that every person eats multiple times a day and thus far no link has been found between eating and viral clusters is strong evidence that no such link exists."

We are contributing to GoFundme campaigns, buying gift certificates, buying t-shirts, and getting some take-out from favorite local places.
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#5 Post by George Hejna » March 28th, 2020, 9:12 am

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am
It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use.

I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people feel that is safe, but that is just me.
First of all safety is up to each individual. My thoughts are that I only buy from restaurants I know and I only purchased cooked food. It is all curbside delivery so I don't go in the actual restaurant. Is there a chance there is virus on the packaging/bag etc... sure there is always a chance. I dispose of it and replate everything with multiple hand washings. The chance of virus getting from packaging to the food is pretty minimal IMO. Of course there could be someone in the restaurant that is sick and sheds virus on the food. Hopefully the heat will take care of that.

Nothing is foolproof. Delivery, going to grocery store etc. I don't feel this puts me at a significantly greater risk and the food is good and I am hopefully helping the restaurant.

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#6 Post by George Hejna » March 28th, 2020, 9:14 am

Sarah - Thanks for posting. I did not know this until I read your article.

According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging

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#7 Post by Todd Hamina » March 28th, 2020, 9:17 am

I'm getting to go four or five nights a week, purposely. I tip better than my usual generous tip as well. As an offset I'm getting lots of miles on the bike. Best of luck to all.
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#8 Post by Dennis Atick » March 28th, 2020, 11:08 am

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 9:07 am
Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am
It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use.

I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people feel that is safe, but that is just me.
Dennis - This article helped me get reasonably comfortable with getting take-out.

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/foo ... guide.html

Everything other than staying at home and having zero contact with the outside world carries some degree of risk. It's up to every individual what degree of risk they are willing take, so I'm not trying to change your mind, only sharing something that was useful to me. A highlight:

"Can I get COVID-19 from touching or eating contaminated food?
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging

According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging.


Are we sure food isn’t a vector of COVID-19 transmission?
No, we don't know for sure. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that food is not a vector. The epidemiology of food-borne pathogens is well studied, with government data going back to 1938. The spread pattern of COVID-19 does not fit models of foodborne outbreaks, which are defined as two or more people getting sick from the same contaminated food or drink.

For instance, Singapore has tracked its COVID-19 patients and submitted them to extensive interviews by teams from the Ministry of Health to try to determine patterns of spread. It's been found that most cases are linked to clusters of people, including hotel guests attending conferences, church groups, and shoppers, while none are linked to contaminated food or drink.

The fact that every person eats multiple times a day and thus far no link has been found between eating and viral clusters is strong evidence that no such link exists."

We are contributing to GoFundme campaigns, buying gift certificates, buying t-shirts, and getting some take-out from favorite local places.
Thanks for this.
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#9 Post by cjdelaney » March 28th, 2020, 1:00 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 9:07 am
Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am
It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use.

I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people feel that is safe, but that is just me.
Dennis - This article helped me get reasonably comfortable with getting take-out.

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/foo ... guide.html

Everything other than staying at home and having zero contact with the outside world carries some degree of risk. It's up to every individual what degree of risk they are willing take, so I'm not trying to change your mind, only sharing something that was useful to me. A highlight:

"Can I get COVID-19 from touching or eating contaminated food?
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging

According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging.


Are we sure food isn’t a vector of COVID-19 transmission?
No, we don't know for sure. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that food is not a vector. The epidemiology of food-borne pathogens is well studied, with government data going back to 1938. The spread pattern of COVID-19 does not fit models of foodborne outbreaks, which are defined as two or more people getting sick from the same contaminated food or drink.

For instance, Singapore has tracked its COVID-19 patients and submitted them to extensive interviews by teams from the Ministry of Health to try to determine patterns of spread. It's been found that most cases are linked to clusters of people, including hotel guests attending conferences, church groups, and shoppers, while none are linked to contaminated food or drink.

The fact that every person eats multiple times a day and thus far no link has been found between eating and viral clusters is strong evidence that no such link exists."

We are contributing to GoFundme campaigns, buying gift certificates, buying t-shirts, and getting some take-out from favorite local places.
Excellent info and appreciated. We want to do all we can to support local businesses but also trying to take proper precautions. This info helps ease our minds.
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#10 Post by Mont Stern » March 29th, 2020, 6:55 pm

Living on take out. If they have a good wine list, I buy a bottle or 2 even though I have plenty of wine. Tonight is the first home cooked meal in 2 weeks.
As a physician I have no reservation ordering take out from restaurants that I know. The biggest concern is the packaging but replating it and good hand washing is sufficient. In the hospital everyone is obsessed with hand washing every time which I hope persists after the pandemic.

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#11 Post by Michael Martin » March 29th, 2020, 6:57 pm

We’ve done take out from several local places. Every single one said they are busy.

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#12 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » March 29th, 2020, 7:07 pm

Like Mont I'm out everyday and seeing patients most days. Once weekly I bring in take out, trying to amp that up to twice weekly. S-I-P ain't going away and 100K or more restaurants will close.
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#13 Post by NED VALOIS » March 29th, 2020, 7:19 pm

First of all I have quit ordering BAT !

I am doing take out with some of my go to restaurants, with generous tipping.
Next week I plan to talk to the owner of my best regular restaurant and see if he would like me to pay upfront NOW for a future G12 dinner ( private room 12 GUYS & OUR WINES), which would be held after the all clear is given. We have done these dinners there before.
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#14 Post by Randy Bowman » March 29th, 2020, 7:29 pm

Napa has a restaurant FB page and the posts are amazing in number. We've ordered lunch for the last 14 days, (minus one, pizza so big it lasted two days). We've heavy tipped the Door Dash drivers and restaurant delivery people. The food has been stellar. Restaurants are offering "kits" to make your own lunch or dinner including virtual chef instructions to engage your children. Despite this, every two or three days, one of the restaurants close their doors. I'm not sure they can survive another 60 days.
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#15 Post by Paul Miller » March 29th, 2020, 7:30 pm

Similar to others. Purposely ordering from favorite restaurants, overtipping, buying wine & beer I don’t need. Need to hit some GoFundMes and buy some gift cards.

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#16 Post by adam landa » March 29th, 2020, 7:36 pm

Did takeout last Saturday and again yesterday from a couple local favorites. Will continue to do so. They say they are staying somewhat busy...fits and starts. Donated to employee fund of another that is completely shut down.

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#17 Post by James Cross » March 30th, 2020, 9:27 am

1. Take out once a week from favorite BYO restaurant with a big tip; I think he's barely afloat
2. Promised a furloughed employee I'd hire her to do a special French dinner when/if it is safe to gather....also with a big tip

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#18 Post by George Hejna » March 30th, 2020, 4:01 pm

Maybe a time to stop the BYO a while and buy off the list?? I know that is sacrilege here but it is a big money maker for restaurants.

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#19 Post by jordan whitehead » March 31st, 2020, 2:04 am

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#20 Post by John Davis » March 31st, 2020, 8:17 am

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#21 Post by John Davis » March 31st, 2020, 8:20 am

Lots of (now curbside) take out and delivery. They have got to be struggling. I’ve talked to some beer/wine/liquor reps who are freaking out as well.
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#22 Post by Andy Steinman » March 31st, 2020, 9:57 am

We are doing a weekly donation to a series of restaurant worker support efforts. Each week we are having a designated special and 20% of the proceeds will go to the designated group. We'll continue to post those on the Quarantine Relief forum.

Another group being hit hard are the farmers who normally supply restaurants and now have nowhere to sell their crops.

Locally, some have started ad hoc CSA's, and our team is buying from them and encouraging others to do so as well..
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#23 Post by Michael O'Brien » April 1st, 2020, 4:27 pm

We don't eat out often but during this time, we are ordering from some of our favorite restaurants every week although we eat out much less than that. If we can help our favorites stay alive, we will.
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#24 Post by johngonzales » April 6th, 2020, 4:58 pm

I’m big on trying to help my local spots.
We are getting takeout every 4 nights and staying local. We’re tipping more than usual.
I will buy some gift cards for various places.
I am going to negotiate with my nearest good place and see if they will give me free corkage for the next “X” amount of time (maybe two years) for an up-front payment.
I am also going to negotiate for a couple of them to do a private dinner at my house after things settle down. I’ll cover the cost of the supplies later, and pay for the service now.
On our area NextDoor site I have been holding some raffles of basic bottles, as in $25ish retail. I give anyone that goes to a particular place for take-out over a 4-5 day period (meeting a $25 tab threshold) an entry, and then pick a winner of the bottle.
I’ve tried to help get a few spots deals with the city to provide the senior/disabled delivered meals which the city is sponsoring.

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#25 Post by johngonzales » April 6th, 2020, 5:06 pm

John Davis wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 8:20 am
Lots of (now curbside) take out and delivery. They have got to be struggling. I’ve talked to some beer/wine/liquor reps who are freaking out as well.
My wife is a large account on-premise wine/liquor rep. She’s probably 85% Commission. No one is buying anything, and for the first two weeks people were actually returning stuff which equates to a negative. There are people selling wine and cocktails, but they are just working through whatever they have. Even when bars and restaurants are allowed to re-open, the game will have changed. Plenty will be bankrupt or will owe money and thus be a credit problem. People will be slow to spend time in crowded settings, and a lot of people will not have the desire to spend.

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#26 Post by Chris Foley » April 6th, 2020, 5:20 pm

We have 2 restaurants in town that are open for takeout. I am buying from both of them even though we rarely eat out in normal times. I wouldn't ordinarily tip for take-out but I am tipping generously right now.
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#27 Post by Bdklein » April 9th, 2020, 12:57 am

Not too much . Many of our favorites closed up early (Asian) and we are trying to limit contact (Interpesonal, and multiple bags, containers, etc.). Plus with no commute, cooking at hone is way easier now.
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#28 Post by Neal.Mollen » April 19th, 2020, 8:53 am

cjdelaney wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 9:07 am
Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 8:47 am
It is a really sad time for restaurants. Many in ATL transitioned to take out, but several have already given up on that. I have contributed to several GoFundMe pages to help restaurant workers and I have purchased gift cards for future use.

I have not done takeout as I don't understand how people feel that is safe, but that is just me.
Dennis - This article helped me get reasonably comfortable with getting take-out.

https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/foo ... guide.html

Everything other than staying at home and having zero contact with the outside world carries some degree of risk. It's up to every individual what degree of risk they are willing take, so I'm not trying to change your mind, only sharing something that was useful to me. A highlight:

"Can I get COVID-19 from touching or eating contaminated food?
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging

According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging.


Are we sure food isn’t a vector of COVID-19 transmission?
No, we don't know for sure. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that food is not a vector. The epidemiology of food-borne pathogens is well studied, with government data going back to 1938. The spread pattern of COVID-19 does not fit models of foodborne outbreaks, which are defined as two or more people getting sick from the same contaminated food or drink.

For instance, Singapore has tracked its COVID-19 patients and submitted them to extensive interviews by teams from the Ministry of Health to try to determine patterns of spread. It's been found that most cases are linked to clusters of people, including hotel guests attending conferences, church groups, and shoppers, while none are linked to contaminated food or drink.

The fact that every person eats multiple times a day and thus far no link has been found between eating and viral clusters is strong evidence that no such link exists."

We are contributing to GoFundme campaigns, buying gift certificates, buying t-shirts, and getting some take-out from favorite local places.
Excellent info and appreciated. We want to do all we can to support local businesses but also trying to take proper precautions. This info helps ease our minds.
I have posted multiple articles in the main coronavirus threads on this subject, all to the same point. While "no current evidence of transmission" is not the same as "it's never happened," you have to get food from someplace and I don't see this as more or less risky than buying at Whole Foods (where we've had several workers test positive in the last week locally).

As George says, you can minimize the likely-minimal threat further by re-plating/reheating/washing hands. We do this every Saturday, just as we used to eat out every Saturday. We've had some outstanding meals; last night's was not great. I think some chefs at nicer restaurants who have never done take out are learning what that entails; it is not just putting what you'd ordinarily make in a box
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#29 Post by johngonzales » April 20th, 2020, 2:46 pm

Personally, while it’s hard tp amortize the exposure across the multiple meal uses achieved at the grocery store, I consider going to the big grocer by far my largest risk. Maybe it’s worse here in a huge city, but there are all sorts of exposure of opportunities there.

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#30 Post by Dennis Atick » April 21st, 2020, 3:28 am

Woohoo! Restaurants in GA allowed to re-open on Monday, April 27, after nail salons, barbers, gyms, and tattoo parlors on Friday. This weekend I am getting a haircut, tattoo, leg day at the gym and going out for sushi Monday night [wink.gif] [tease.gif]
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#31 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 21st, 2020, 7:45 pm

Dennis Atick wrote:
April 21st, 2020, 3:28 am
Woohoo! Restaurants in GA allowed to re-open on Monday, April 27, after nail salons, barbers, gyms, and tattoo parlors on Friday. This weekend I am getting a haircut, tattoo, leg day at the gym and going out for sushi Monday night [wink.gif] [tease.gif]
I thought you were talked out of Monday night sushi?

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#32 Post by Peter Kleban » April 21st, 2020, 8:43 pm

Dennis Atick wrote:
April 21st, 2020, 3:28 am
Woohoo! Restaurants in GA allowed to re-open on Monday, April 27, after nail salons, barbers, gyms, and tattoo parlors on Friday. This weekend I am getting a haircut, tattoo, leg day at the gym and going out for sushi Monday night [wink.gif] [tease.gif]
Dennis--don't know if you're joking or not, but anyone contemplating spending time in a restaurant, gym, or the like might want to read this article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/heal ... Position=1

The research paper it's based on is short and not technical, so go for that too if you're for it. The main takeaway for me is that spending an hour in a resto near an asymptomatic but infected person is definitely enough to get you infected. Covid emptor.
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#33 Post by Dennis Atick » April 22nd, 2020, 3:26 am

Peter Kleban wrote:
April 21st, 2020, 8:43 pm
Dennis Atick wrote:
April 21st, 2020, 3:28 am
Woohoo! Restaurants in GA allowed to re-open on Monday, April 27, after nail salons, barbers, gyms, and tattoo parlors on Friday. This weekend I am getting a haircut, tattoo, leg day at the gym and going out for sushi Monday night [wink.gif] [tease.gif]
Dennis--don't know if you're joking or not, but anyone contemplating spending time in a restaurant, gym, or the like might want to read this article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/heal ... Position=1

The research paper it's based on is short and not technical, so go for that too if you're for it. The main takeaway for me is that spending an hour in a resto near an asymptomatic but infected person is definitely enough to get you infected. Covid emptor.
Peter. I was joking.
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#34 Post by Peter Kleban » April 22nd, 2020, 7:45 am

OK. I figured you were, but wasn't sure.

In any case, stay well down there. Bet my boots there will be a tremendous surge of cases in GA in 2-3 weeks. Sorry you will have to live through such challenges, esp when they're due to stupidity and nothing more.
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Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

#35 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » April 22nd, 2020, 5:23 pm

Peter Kleban wrote:
April 22nd, 2020, 7:45 am
OK. I figured you were, but wasn't sure.

In any case, stay well down there. Bet my boots there will be a tremendous surge of cases in GA in 2-3 weeks. Sorry you will have to live through such challenges, esp when they're due to stupidity and nothing more.
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#36 Post by Dennis Atick » April 23rd, 2020, 11:20 am

Pretty devastating piece from Gabrielle Hamilton in NyTimes today:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/maga ... covid.html
On the night before I laid off all 30 of my employees, I dreamed that my two children had perished, buried alive in dirt, while I dug in the wrong place, just five feet away from where they were actually smothered. I turned and spotted the royal blue heel of my youngest’s socked foot poking out of the black soil only after it was too late.

For 10 days, everyone in my orbit had been tilting one way one hour, the other the next. Ten days of being waterboarded by the news, by tweets, by friends, by my waiters. Of being inundated by texts from fellow chefs and managers — former employees, now at the helm of their own restaurants but still eager for guidance. Of gentle but nervous pleas from my operations manager to consider signing up with a third-party delivery service like Caviar. Of being rattled even by my own wife, Ashley, and her anxious compulsion to act, to reduce our restaurant’s operating hours, to close at 9 p.m., cut shifts.
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Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

#37 Post by davidkong » April 24th, 2020, 10:53 am

We're helping restaurants sell wine. We're in a lot of restaurants nationwide but we just came out this morning with Commander's Palace (Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant). New Orleans has been one of the hardest hit because of the tourism heavy economy.
PM me, check out Commander's Palace's instagram page or their website.
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#38 Post by Joshua Kates » April 24th, 2020, 12:17 pm

davidkong wrote:
April 24th, 2020, 10:53 am
We're helping restaurants sell wine. We're in a lot of restaurants nationwide but we just came out this morning with Commander's Palace (Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant). New Orleans has been one of the hardest hit because of the tourism heavy economy.
PM me, check out Commander's Palace's instagram page or their website.
Disclaimer - we charge them 1% of sales to cover the costs we incur for all the smaller businesses on our platform. If you have a problem with this, please let us know and we can donate it to the restaurant on your behalf.
David,

Do we have to go to the restaurant to access the wine? How does that part work?
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Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

#39 Post by davidkong » April 24th, 2020, 12:20 pm

Joshua Kates wrote:
April 24th, 2020, 12:17 pm
davidkong wrote:
April 24th, 2020, 10:53 am
We're helping restaurants sell wine. We're in a lot of restaurants nationwide but we just came out this morning with Commander's Palace (Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant). New Orleans has been one of the hardest hit because of the tourism heavy economy.
PM me, check out Commander's Palace's instagram page or their website.
Disclaimer - we charge them 1% of sales to cover the costs we incur for all the smaller businesses on our platform. If you have a problem with this, please let us know and we can donate it to the restaurant on your behalf.
David,

Do we have to go to the restaurant to access the wine? How does that part work?
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#40 Post by Phil M » May 8th, 2020, 1:29 pm

One of our favorite little BYOBs just reopened for takeout and delivery (in time for Mother’s Day) - we ordered several days worth of meals and will probably do so for the next few weeks. The restaurant is so small that the owner is optimistic that he can achieve something close to normal volume (without some of the costs of linens, etc.).
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Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

#41 Post by Blake Brown » May 18th, 2020, 8:02 am

The most beneficial way I have found is to contribute to GoFundMe.

I just attempted to buy a gift certificate from a large restaurant in LA and their website kept rejecting my entries so I called them and the lady who answered the phone had to ask her manager how to deal with it and they came back with, "there's nothing we can do including taking it over the phone". GoFigureThat. I opted for another restaurants online Cert. which worked.

One of our local restaurant`s offered to sell some of their wine list and when I got the email, it listed all of their wines at "30% off". Being a champagne hound, I went there first and found 08` Dom for $280. Just before opening that email, I received one from a local retail source which listed it at $159. I just couldn't quite support this place with wine buys as all others were way out of reason as well.

Once when this craziness is over, I/we shall dine out with much greeter frequency then before and expand our number of choices.
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Re: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

#42 Post by Chris Blum » May 18th, 2020, 8:15 am

Buying gift cards.

We did our first takeout recently. Pics of mask wearing husband and wife team of cooks convinced be to give it a try.
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