How to Help Restaurants During the New Shutdowns

| December 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Starting Friday at 5pm, restaurants in Baltimore City will have to shut down indoor and outdoor dining due to a new executive order from Mayor Brandon Scott. The restaurant industry has already been through a difficult year because of restrictions and new protocols due to COVID-19, and many business owners have taken to social media to say this latest news could be the end of many restaurant establishments.

Below are some ways individuals can help restaurants during this time to ensure South Baltimore and the city still has a vibrant dining scene once restrictions are lifted.

Order Delivery and Carryout

Order delivery and carryout from your favorite restaurants early and often and tip well! Many restaurants hope patrons avoid using delivery apps unless that is the only option as these apps cut into the profits of the restaurants. See if restaurants offer their own delivery and, if not, consider carryout. Many restaurants are also offering carryout packaged goods and drinks to go.

Buy Gift Cards 

It’s the holiday season – buy gift cards for your friends, family, co-workers, and employees! It’s a great way to give restaurants some capital to get through this time. Make sure to try and support all of the community’s other small businesses, too.

Buy Shirts, Gear, and products. 

Buying restaurant t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and other swag is another great way to support these businesses and put money in the cash registers. Individuals can order some gear online from Baltimore Neighbors.

Many restaurants are also offering ways to buy gear through their websites and Facebook pages.

Some restaurants also offer dressings, sauces, spices, and frozen foods. Stock up on those, too!

Tip, Tip, Tip!

Make sure to tip! The volume of traffic will likely be lower for most restaurants and the amount of employee shifts will also likely be less, so show your generosity with good tips if at all possible.

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