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March 20, 2020

How to support restaurant industry employees

Events, funds, and petitions are popping up


Restaurants are operating with skeleton staffs right now. A majority of restaurant employees have been laid off, including those from the biggest and most successful restaurateurs in town. You can support those who have seen their hours cut significantly by tipping big on takeout orders, or check out the fundraisers below to support those who have been laid off. —Kristen Wile

ServiceIndustry.Tips
Each time you have a drink or meal at home, you can use this app to send a virtual tip to Charlotte restaurant and bar workers in need. Log on to the site, and a random name will pop up, telling you who you’re tipping and where they work.

Plaza Midwood Cares
Led by Alex Kestanas, whose parents own Soul Gastrolounge and KiKi, Plaza Midwood Cares is collecting money to donate to service industry members in the neighborhood.

Purchase gift cards
Several restaurant groups are giving a portion of gift card sales directly to employees. Both sister concepts Sea Level NC and The Waterman and Rare Roots Hospitality (Dressler’s, Dogwood, Fin & Fino, The Porter’s House) are giving 20 percent of gift card sales directly to staff.

Petition to Save America’s Restaurants
Some of the biggest names in America’s restaurant industry have signed a petition asking Congress to act and help restaurants survive the current shut-down. Read it, and sign it if you agree.

NCRLA Hospitality Workers Relief Fund
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has a fund to support those in need. Anyone can donate, or nominate someone to receive funds. They don’t have to be a member.

GoFundMe for Haberdish parent group
The owners of NoDa restaurants Haberdish, Crepe Cellar, and Growler’s had to lay off nearly all of their staff. They’ve put together a GoFundMe for those who wish the give financial support to those employees.

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