This morning I woke up feeling overwhelmed, and it’s understandable given the state of things. The very first thing I wanted to do was turn on the tv to watch my allotted 15 min a day of news I’ve permitted myself. Or grab my phone to read my one article a day max about the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the feeling of uneasiness and out of control that drives a person like me — who does not watch or read the news ever. A part of me hopes I will hear or read that there is once again light in our beautiful city, which has gone dark.
So much has changed so quickly, and the uncertainty I find creates a feeling I can’t seem to shake since the New York Metro area confirmed its first COVID 19 case some 20 something days ago. The times we are living in no doubt a threat to our health, our livelihood, and our entire economic system. It saddens me that many small businesses closed their doors to protect their staff and the general public. And the messages I receive from the people I have formed friendships within the hospitality industry is heartbreaking. The Hospitality Industry employes some one million workers in the New York Metro area. Yes, there is officially a stimulus now in place to assist. However, there are no guarantees that it will help us with the financial crisis the coronavirus will leave behind.
Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR)
The Hospitality Industry has come together to put forth a more united voice for New York City’s restaurant industry in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our city. The newly formed organization “Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants” (ROAR), which launched on Thursday, March 19. It is the effort of over 20 of NYC’s top restaurant groups. The founding members include a representative from each area of the industry. Fast-casual chain Dig, restauranteur Gabriel Stulman’s Happy Cooking Hospitality, Eataly, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant group, and Chef JJ Johnson’s casual enterprise FieldTrip are some of the funding members according to Eater. The organization has devised an industry relief eight-point plan in their active Change.org petition — the petition 65,490 signatures as of right now.
We can all do something to help
As of now, we are all trying to maintain some sort of sanity amidst all of this madness. Each one of us is trying to make sense of what’s happening and where we fit into all of this. I urge you to take care of yourself first then find solace in doing whatever you can to others. I am a firm believer that we all need help at some point in our lives. And someone always steps forward and lend a helping hand. As New Yorkers, we band together always under challenging times. Today is no different; we MUST come together; it is the only way for us to get through this.
Here are five things you can do to help the restaurant community today
I have had a few people messaged asking what the restaurants are doing for me or how much they are paying me. I have had someone asked what the restaurant will do for them if they support them. These restaurants are NOT doing anything for me, and I am NOT receiving any PAYMENTS. I am simply helping in any way I can, and I am asking you to do the same as well. And REMEMBER supporting a restaurant or your favorite business is simply not about supporting the owners. It is about preserving our communities and helping someone stay employed so that they can in turn support themselves and their family.
- IF you are able to, consider buying a meal for someone in need. Because purchasing a meal TODAY ensures someone remains employed.
- Stay engaged — make a list of your favorite restaurant and SUPPORT them today any way you can.
- Many restaurants are offering gift cards for future use — purchase one for yourself or for a friend. Or support your favorite restaurant’s GOFUNDME Relief, Fund.
- Follow and tag your favorite restaurant on Instagram, REPOST their special offerings, hours of operations or deliver and takeout information
As always I am sending Love – Stay safe.