As restaurants across the world pivot to takeout, delivery and other social distancing measures, the industry struggles on. In the US, 43% of small businesses remain temporarily closed and employee numbers have been reduced by 40% since January. The average business has more than $10,000 in monthly expenses and less than one month of cash on hand. Things aren’t adding up. So, we’re highlighting some positive initiatives across the the world that hope to help the hospitality industry.
From restaurant-led voucher services to large scale relief funds, the community is coming together to pull through.
Global Initiatives Helping The Hospitality Industry
1. Another Round, Another Rally – USA Nationwide
Another Round, Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a chef, server, bartender, dishwasher, sommelier, manager or someone who holds any other type of hospitality role in the US, they’re here to lend a hand.
2. Rally for Your Bar & Restaurant with Stella Artois – South Africa & Canada
Beer brand Stella Artois is helping give back to bars and restaurants across South Africa with a special voucher platform. They are topping up every first purchase of a gift voucher by 50%. Customers can then redeem the vouchers as soon as their local restaurant reopens.
3. Tough Time Tickets – Singapore
Tough Time Tickets (TTT) is not only a way to support these restaurants, but more importantly the people behind them. This initiative gives guests the opportunity to buy an eight-course menu for the price of six courses at a later date, up to one year from the date of purchase. There’s some excellent restaurants in Singapore to choose from.
4. Online Chef’s Table – Moscow, Russia & International
White Rabbit, a fine dining restaurant in Moscow, is taking the concept of the chef’s table online. Chef Vladimir Mukhin is teaming up with top chefs in countries such as Mexico and the Netherlands to create an international virtual dining experience. Guests pay for a tasting menu in advance, which the restaurant delivers.
Then at a set time, they join a web link where the chef’s talk them through each element and the diner’s can interact with each other. It’s a clever way to promote your restaurant and connect with other chefs.
5. Bristol Food Union – Bristol, England
Bristol Food Union is a local community organisation that provides meals and food to some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens, as well as frontline workers. They have created secure production kitchens in closed restaurants around the city. Not only that, it’s a key platform for producers, growers and restaurants to have an outlet for their goods and services, offering a ‘buy direct’ from small farmers and stores option onsite.
6. Bar Magic – USA & Canada
Bar Magic has a host of resources that are on online portal of help and support to the culinary, foodservice, and hospitality industries. From links to local and national relief funds to financial advice and reopening rules, it’s a great source of information.
7. James Beard Foundation Relief & Resources – USA
James Beard Foundation is yet another essential source of information for the hospitality industry right now. Alongside a dedicated relief fund, they are hosting webinars with industry experts and explainers on lobbying for advocacy, accessing government packages and reopening.