Print
Restaurants

How To Help Support Local Restaurants

By Jessica Maurer, posted Mar 25, 2020
Restaurants are among the businesses severely impacted by the attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Many have been forced to close, laying off employees indefinitely, while others have been scrambling to adjust to rapidly changing regulations for take-out and delivery service.

While many will require a major influx of cash to keep them afloat by way of loans and federal aid, there are ways you can help support restaurants during this crisis.

Think local
Begin by supporting locally owned, independent restaurants. Many of these establishments do not have the reserves that larger corporately owned chains might and operate on very thin margins. If they currently provide benefits such as health insurance, many will not be able to continue to do so. Many will only be able to keep a few key staff members on the payroll throughout this crisis, if at all. They will have to advocate for themselves to receive loans, grants and forbearances. As a result of COVID-19, financial and industry experts say as many as 30%of independent restaurants will close.

Buy gift cards
Buying gift cards now can help your local restaurants have cash on hand to keep paying staff and bills during these times. Many can be purchased online, allowing customers to buy from home, without interaction. Additionally, the national reservation service, Open Table, has waived gift card fees to all its partner restaurants.

Order take-out and delivery
While regulations are changing daily, North Carolina restaurants continue to be able to offer take-out and delivery service. Some are serving their full menus, while others have a limited menu designed for take-out. Many are offering specials on family-style meals, or even multi-day meals to go. Visit social media sites for the most up-to-date information on hours and offerings.

Share on social media
Another way to support restaurants is to use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show how you are supporting local restaurants right now. Take photos of take-out meals and share your customer service experiences to encourage others to support your favorite places. Share posts from restaurants you follow to help increase their social media presence, or join a local on-line foodie group to share ideas on how to support restaurants throughout the Cape Fear region.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email us at: [email protected].
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Burrus rob headshot 300x300

Coronavirus Analytics

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
Morton300x300

Planning For Your College Student’s Success During COVID-19

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College
Aarp suzanneheadshot 300x300

Home Sweet Home - Make It Safer

In The Current Issue

Education Leader Forges Way Forward

Burns was tapped as interim superintendent of NHCS in February, following the resignation of Tim Markley. Burns assumed his new role in Marc...


NHRMC: Suitors Come Calling

Of the six health systems that submitted proposals for buying or partnering with NHRMC, three have moved ahead of the rest of the pack for f...


Stay-at-home Improvement

As hardware and other do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement retailers and gardening supply stores begin to enter their busy season, they are...

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WILMA Leadership Accelerator
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`