Richmond Restaurants United

A grassroots response to the COVID-19 crisis by restaurant owners and operators in Richmond, VA

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Resources for restaurant workers

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Resources for Restaurant Owners & Operators

credit: River City Food Tours

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How to Help

#1: Donate money to a relief fund for restaurant workers

#2. Donate your services or expertise. Are you a designer? Lawyer? Accountant? Real estate professional? Especially if you are local to Richmond, VA and want to help our city’s workers or operators, contact us and we will spread your message.

#3. Support your favorite establishments. Everyone is trying to navigate this thing in different ways. Follow the social media pages of your neighbors who own/operate/work at restaurants and look out for them. Also, keepcalmandnomnom.com is a Richmond-area listing of Restaurants promoting gift card sales.

Karri Peifer is keeping a list of restaurants open for takeout and delivery regularly updated over at Richmond.com

#4. Empathize. Restaurants are not just getting hit hard by the pandemic; let’s face it, everyone is getting hit hard. But, what is happening to restaurants and restaurant workers now will trickle down to other industries. Now is the time to advocate swift, decisive action by every level of government.

What is Richmond Restaurants United?

On Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, a group of restaurant owners and operators from Richmond, Virginia met to discuss some of the immense challenges facing our industry due to the outbreak of Covid-19. We believe that by consolidating our many voices into one we have more power and a greater ability to influence decision makers in our community and beyond.

The goals of Richmond Restaurants United are:

  1. Alleviate the financial stress placed on our businesses and employees by lobbying our local, state, and national governments for financial assistance.
  2. Advocating for a bold stimulus package to support our industry that includes a wage for our unemployed workers, tentatively called Social Distancing wage.
  3. To support each other and share ideas, advice, and kindness throughout this ordeal.

Our Current plan of action:

  1. Create a website for furloughed workers and business owners alike where they can find links to vetted resources for assistance
  2. Film a public service announcement illuminating our need for help and why this industry and it’s workers mean so much to our community.
  3. Create private social media group for owners and operators, as well as for hospitality staff in general to share resources, advice, etc.
  4. Develop relationships with local and national associations and organizations that may be of assistance to the Richmond, VA Restaurant community.
  5. Stay up-to-date with national food & beverage/hospitality developments in order to identify best practices and policy recommendations.

Latest Comments

  1. You all need to make a coordinated effort to get Henrico county to eliminate the meals tax during these tough…

  2. We have since been working with Karri to update the status of every restaurant. Check it out and let us…

  3. A friend in the restaurant industry in Ann Arbor told me that they have a Venmo account that people can…

  4. I will point everyone to Karri Peifer’s list: https://www.richmond.com/food-drink/restaurant-news/updated-richmond-restaurants-that-are-open-for-takeout-curbside-delivery/article_0b10c6e7-4bd6-5f69-9b4a-4fcb636922a0.html

  5. As far as “#3. Support your favorite establishments.” we’re trying to support restaurants by ordering take-out a couple times a…

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6 replies on “Richmond Restaurants United”

I’m sure this suggestion has been brought forth but if you are not on the door Dash platform or ubereats you may be able to get on there on the Fly if that helps also I think they’re offering commission free during this crisis, it would also help me out just a thought, it might also allow you to rotate some employees

As far as “#3. Support your favorite establishments.” we’re trying to support restaurants by ordering take-out a couple times a week; can you guys complie a list fo local restaurants still avalible for take-out to make this easier/more navigable for the community?

A friend in the restaurant industry in Ann Arbor told me that they have a Venmo account that people can “tip” to whenever they open a drink or cook at home. These funds are then put into the gofundme.

Is there already something set up like this? It would make it very easy to donate steadily to the relief fund in a habitual manner.

You all need to make a coordinated effort to get Henrico county to eliminate the meals tax during these tough times for the tens of thousands who have lost jobs and more job losses in the near future.
Retirement savings are markedly diminished for the elderly who are living off their savings.
As Governor Northam said, we are in a state of a biological war. Meals are essential and we can’t be imposing meals taxes in such times.

Hi Dishant, meals tax abatement/freeeze is definitely one of the things a group of us has been lobbying for. With that being said, this group is primarily focused on the city of Richmond. We have shared the idea with state officials, and the response is basically that they are aware of the proposal and are working to come up with a comprehensive plan as soon as possible.

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