A coalition of restaurants in the United States has launched a campaign tagged The Great American Takeout. They are encouraging Americans to order at least a takeout or delivery from their favorite restaurant on the 24 March to show support to the struggling restaurant industry.
Following the COVID-19, a lot of dine-in restaurants has shut down business while some that can offer takeout or drive-thru still manage to continue their businesses. But there is no doubt that the restaurant industry has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. People has stayed away from restaurants so as to maintain social distancing. The implication of this is that, many restaurant workers may likely lose their job. It is estimated that the restaurant industry employs no less that 15 million workers. One can imagine what will happen to American economy is many restaurants are forced to shut down.
Americans need to rise to help the restaurant industry stay afloat. “This is no longer about the survival of individual restaurants. It’s about the future of our industry. And time has run out. Together, we must act to support each other and our communities in unprecedented ways.” Said Russ Bendel, CEO of The Habit Burger Grill.
The members of the coalition include The Habit Burger Grill, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Panera Bread, Veggie Grill, Jason’s Deli, Noodles & Company, Modern Market, El Torito, Tocaya Organica, Lemonade, Torchy’s Tacos, and Chevys Fresh Mex.
Besides ordering for a delivery or takeout, American are being asked by posting on social media the photo of the food they buy using the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout