It’s hard to imagine our city without its great restaurants and bars. As bars are closed and restaurants are only allowed to do takeout and delivery right now, many chefs, waitstaff, bartenders and other industry workers are out of work. In addition to a request for assistance to the Governor, the local restaurant community has come together to support the industry as a whole. Until these establishments are able to resume normal operations, you can support them and their employees through takeout, delivery and curbside pickup, plus online tipping, GoFundMe fundraisers, gift cards, and merch purchases.
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Restaurant Strong Fund: The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams, in collaboration with chefs Ming Tsai, Ken Oringer and Chris Coombs, have teamed up to raise money to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers.
Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality and Lovin' Spoonfuls: The former is supporting industry workers; the latter is accepting donations for their food rescue operations.
Emergency Funds for Boston Area Service Workers: A general fund started by employees of a Cambridge Brewery.
Help Camberville Hospitality Workers: For workers in Cambridge and Somerville, organized by Naomi Levy of Eastern Standard fame.
This website displays a different service industry worker and how you can virtually tip them every time you refresh the page.
Check with your favorite bars and restaurants to find out about gift cards and merch. Here are a few of our favorite items:
Tasting Counter: Cooking from home more? Tasting Counter’s small batch, lacto-fermented hot sauce and vinegar sampler will add flavor to any of your dishes.
Night Shift Brewing: Once you’ve picked up your beer to drink at home you’ll need suitable glassware. Check out the glasses and mugs in Night Shift’s online shop — functional and beautiful.
Flour Bakery: Show your love for all things baked with Flour’s branded apparel.
Editor’s note: The information listed above has been shared by the establishments’ representatives or social media pages.