This is undeniably a tough time for millions of Americans as we collectively navigate work, school, and business closures across the country. Particularly hard hit are small businesses like restaurants and the service industry workers who staff them, many of whom rely on tips for wages. Even under the best of circumstances, restaurants typically operate at slim margins, but month-long (or even longer) closures like the ones we’re facing now can be devastating to restaurant owners and staffers.
While we’re big believers in home cooking, restaurants are a vital part of the food community. They’re places where we connect with loved ones or unwind after a long day, where we go to celebrate milestones and important life events, and where we derive inspiration for some of our favorite home-cooked meals.
As food people—and in many cases, restaurant-industry veterans—it’s vital to us that our favorite restaurants stay afloat during this tough time. Here are some ways we’re supporting our local restaurants, and how you can help support your favorite places, too: