#Letsgogetit: Supporting Community Restaurants
By The Black Foodies
With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic causing unprecedented strain on Americans from all walks of life, be assured that there will be life after this crisis. While social distancing has become the prudent thing to do for the safety of us all, we can still come together, partnering as investors in our post-pandemic lives. This pandemic is wreaking havoc on our nation’s economy and making life extremely difficult for small business owners. It is being widely forecast that the food service industry will be on life support, if communities don’t rally around these economic hubs.
According to the website bisnow.com, 50.3% of food and beverage dollars go to restaurants, while 49.7% of food and beverage dollars go to grocery stores, as of 2016. This demonstrates how much of an impact restaurants have on local economies, providing not just great gathering spots but also much needed employment opportunities. If customer support begins to dwindle, revenue for these restaurants will stagnate, while rents for these establishments will still be due. With executive orders coming from Governor Pritzker – banning all dine-in at bars and restaurants during the coronavirus crisis – this new reality for these businesses could be devastating. It would, indeed, be a travesty when things return to normal, if some of our favorite restaurants became casualties to this pandemic.
This is why The Black Foodies have started a new campaign in support of all community restaurants, #letsgogetit. We want to encourage people to responsibly continue to patronize these establishments. According to Governor Pritzker’s mandate, drive-thru, delivery, carry-out or curbside pick-up can continue, with restaurant owners responsible for ensuring that social distancing policies are in place and being followed. So, no dine-in, no problem – you can still responsibly enjoy your favorite dishes from your favorite restaurants. Just find out what service options restaurants near you are offering. Some are using food delivery services or, you can call or order online to place your order, and your favorite dish will be brought to you curbside.
Continued support of our community restaurants is paramount to the long term strength of our local economies. Chef Darnell Reed, Owner of Luella’s Southern Kitchen in Lincoln Square and Luella’s Gospel Bird in Bucktown expressed to us, “Most restaurants like ours are the only source of income for our team members, and we depend on our community to purchase our products to support our families.” In many instances, restaurants are the most numerous small businesses in neighborhoods, providing jobs and a place for locals to relax, unwind and fellowship over a great plate of food. So, help us get the word out about #letsgogetit, and let’s responsibly help keep our community restaurants viable and strong for a post-coronavirus future.
Thanks in advance – one love…
The Black Foodies are food bloggers/vloggers and husband and wife of 27 years. We are also home cooks who believe in group economics and LOVE great food. We write the food blog ‘Let’s Eat’, where we review Black-owned and other ethnic restaurants. FOLLOW us on Instagram and Twitter @theblackfoodies, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel ‘The Black Foodies’, where we review restaurants, share recipes, and give cooking tips. https://youtu.be/f-VI-7dqWLg Also LIKE us on Facebook and join our Facebook group, ‘World Wide Black Foodies’.
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