The coronavirus pandemic has created very uncertain times for business in the hospitality industry. As bars, restaurants and cafes have been restricted to takeaway and delivery only, businesses have either had to temporarily close – or in some cases, permanently – or adapt to new ways of operating.
Either way, while operating in such uncertainty, local businesses need as much help as possible. And as a show of support, there have been a number of positive initiatives set up, by both businesses and individuals, to do just that. Here are some of our favourite ones:
1. Saving Plates Australia
Saving Plates Australia is shining a spotlight on restaurants around the country who are finding creative ways to stay open and adapting to the new takeaway and delivery restrictions.
The new website and Instagram account, launched in March by food journalist Tristan Lutze, connects customers with restaurants who are still operating and allows businesses to promote their new takeaway offerings.
Check out their website or show your support by following their Instagram account here.
2. Chargrill Charlie’s ‘Local Flavours’
Chargrill Charlie’s stores are putting an open call out to hospitality businesses in nearby areas who may need a helping hand during these uncertain times.
On Tuesday, the family-run chicken institution launched ‘Local Flavours,’ a new initiative that will allow local restaurants and cafes affected by COVID-19 to share Chargrill Charlie’s takeaway platforms and stores to sell goods.
The first restaurant to jump on board with ‘Local Flavours’ is Redfern’s Kepos Street Kitchen, who will be selling their much-loved menu items at Chargrill Charlie’s stores in Woollahra and Rose Bay. The Local Flavours menus will also be available on the Chargrill Charlie’s app, website and through select delivery partners.
Fellow hospitality businesses who are in need are encouraged to reach out through Chargrill Charlie’s website, Instagram direct messages, and on the phone to kick start conversations about collaborating.
3. TheFork launches ‘Save Our Restaurants’
TripAdvisor, with its subsidiary TheFork, are doing their best to help over 80,000 eateries listed on their platforms by making it easy for people to purchase gift cards and discover new takeaway services.
Both Tripadvisor and TheFork have updated their websites and apps so that restaurants who are still open and offering new takeaway and delivery services are easily found.
As well as this, TheFork has created a new initiative called ‘Save Our Restaurants’ which allows consumers to ‘sponsor’ their favourite restaurants by purchasing a voucher for later use. Gift voucher purchases, in particular, serve as much needed donations to help restaurant operators pay their rent, continue to pay employees, and fund other critical expenses.
TheFork is also allowing restaurants who haven’t used their platform before to be listed and able to accept donations from generous supporters as well. To follow their initiative, check out their Instagram here.
4. Tripadvisor to donate $1 million with #LoveYourLocal
The Tripadvisor Foundation is committing $1 million to support organisations serving the most vulnerable populations around the world in response to COVID-19.
Initially, the Foundation will contribute $1 (up to $150,000 USD) for every post on public Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts using the #LoveYourLocal hashtag alongside the following:
- An image of a gift card receipt from a restaurant you love anywhere in the world
- A link to a Tripadvisor review of your favourite dining experience
- Your favourite dish at your favourite local restaurant linking to a Tripadvisor business listing
- A tribute to your favourite chef or culinary experience linking to a Tripadvisor business listing
- A list of your local favourites using Tripadvisor’s ‘Saves’ feature by clicking on the heart icon on any Tripadvisor restaurant listing
Proceeds will go to two organisations helping impacted restaurant and front line workers: World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes urgently to provide meals in the wake of natural disasters and crises, and The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable and providing support to those in the restaurant industry impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.