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Some of Miami’s best restaurants and bars are feeding industry workers with free meals

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil

The current pandemic has shut down hundreds of bars and restaurants in Miami, leaving thousands in the hospitality industry out of work. First responders, health practitioners and public servants are experiencing the opposite scenario, working longer hours to help those in need. Despite the closures, several Miami restaurants open for delivery and takeout have already stepped up to do their part—from offering free meals to industry employees who’ve recently been let go and extending discounts to people in the biz to feeding folks in the healthcare industry.

Restaurant industry:

On Thursday, March 26 from 11am to 2pm, sbe—the hospitality group behind restaurants such as The Bazaar and Katsuya—will be distributing 300 care packages to employees and their families who’ve been affected by the crisis. Each box includes nonperishable food, assorted hygiene products and a $50 gift card. The SLS South Beach Hotel (1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) will serve as a contactless pick-up point. Donations to help the sbe team can also be made online.

Grails Miami and Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar and Kitchen
The Wynwood properties are partnering on a $15 cantina meal that includes a starter, a main dish and two sides. You get three options to choose from and, for every cantina sold, one out-of-work service employee will get a free meal. The restaurant plans to distribute 100 meals a day with the goal of donating 5,000 meals to people in the hospitality industry and healthcare professionals.

Phuc Yea
The MiMo restaurant is helping their homies two ways. If you work in the industry and need an affordable, nourishing meal, slide into the restaurant’s DMs to receive a discount on your order. If you’re looking to help feed folks who’ve been affected, email co-owner Ani Meinhold to purchase bagged lunches or dinners for hospitality employees laid off or furloughed. 

Oyster happy hour lives on—and for a good cause. Bivalves are available to-go every day from 3 to 8pm for $1 each with all proceeds benefiting the hourly employees of Ark Hospitality (which owns Nave, Ariete and Chug’s).

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Healthcare industry and first responders:

Tap 42
All Tap 42 locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties are offering first-responders 50-percent off all takeout orders now through March 31.

Clutch Burger
The Coral Gables burger joint is extending a 50-percent discount to all industry employees and first-responders who’ve been laid off.

Pollo Tropical
Flash your healthcare credentials at any Florida location of the popular fast-food chain and receive 50-percent off all drive-through and takeout orders.

CAO Bakery and Cafe
The trendy Cuban bakery is looking out for seniors, giving elderly folks 25-percent off their order. Healthcare professionals and first-responders can also take advantage with proper ID.

Roasters ‘N Toasters
The local chain of NYC-style deli is giving all healthcare professionals and law enforcement who show valid ID a 25-percent discount on all orders.

Pincho Factory
South Florida-based burger joint Pincho Factory gives all medical workers and first responders half-off takeout orders.

My Ceviche
The fast-casual ceviche restaurant offers 50-percent off on all meals to military personnel, law enforcement, city officials, healthcare workers and first responders.

Get your veggies courtesy of Miami-based health-food restaurant Diced: all medical employees and first responders receive 50-percent off.

Copper Blues 
Healthcare workers and first responders get a free meal, which they can pick up curbside at the restaurant.

The Argentine restaurant gives all first responders and medical professionals 50-percent off wine, pasta and salads on takeout and delivery orders.

Everything on the menu at this Peruvian fusion restaurant is half-price for first responders and medical workers.

Our friends at Yelp Miami have also put together a list, including various locations for each of the above-mentioned restaurants.


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