The restaurant industry has taken a serious beating over these last few weeks due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. With Americans staying home and practicing self-distancing, restaurants have seen a massive plunge in revenue — many of which have had to close their doors for the time being.
In an effort to support restaurants and restaurant workers across the nation, a coalition of restaurants are starting that they call The Great American Takeout.
Beginning tomorrow, March 24, here's what everyone can do to support local restaurant and their workers:
- Folks are challenged to order at least one delivery or takeout meal to help the struggling restaurant industry.
- Encourage others to participate in the upcoming event on social media, using the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout
- Share a photo of your takeout after it arrives with the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout
Created by a coalition of restaurants that include Panda Express, Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Jason's Deli, Veggie Grill, El Torito, California Pizza Kitchen, The Habit, Lemonade, Modern Market, Ike's Love & Sandwiches, PizzaRev, and Chevys, the group came up with an unconventional way to support their fellow struggling restaurant owners during these trying times.
The movement is a modern day Hands Across America, but with a little more social distancing and chicken wings. The idea is to get the ball rolling in the country's minds that there are still restaurants open and in need of support in the weeks or months to come. Gotta think of a good spot to support for this tomorrow. Though, there are three meals in the day, right?