Following a mandatory suspension of dine-in services by Governor McMasters, many local restaurants are struggling and can use the community’s help. Charleston City Paper has been hard at work compiling resources that the public can use to give back, help local restaurants and service workers, and get a good bite to eat in the meantime.
For those looking to directly support restaurant staff that have been affected by reduced hours and closures, the website Serviceindustry.tips allows you to tip a random local worker in Charleston via Venmo or Cash App. Local blog Holy City Sinner has also started a “Virtual Tip Jar” to help Charleston food service workers where people can tip random workers via a spreadsheet.
Additionally, multiple restaurants have created fundraisers to help staff and raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts. Local restaurant group The Midnight Society has created digital phone wallpapers available to purchase that benefit eateries like Early Bird Diner and Park Pizza Co. Butcher & Bee has created a “Pay It Forward” campaign making provision gift bags with essentials like eggs, milk, and vegetables. These bags, available with a $10 donation, will be given to unemployed restaurant employees.
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The Senate / White House compromise stimulus package is not perfect, no bill is. But it does provide critical funding to #saverestaurants and allow us to rehire our staff faster. It’s good for small business and workers. Now it is time for the House to take up this measure. Please join us in calling @joecunninghamsc at (202) 225-3176 and @whipclyburn at (202) 225-3315 and letting them know we have their back for having ours. You can #saverestaurants and small businesses and their employees by sharing your support. ⠀ CC @indprestaurants
Those who are out of work can stop by Lewis Barbecue for something to eat. They will be serving 100 free meals every Thursday to displaced workers in the food and beverage industry (use the promo code “CHSstrong.”) Local hot sauce company Red Clay is also donating 15% of online sales to displaced industry employees, and providing provision bags to Butcher & Bee.
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BECAUSE OF Y’ALL, we were able to send a check to buy 27 baskets of grocery essentials yesterday for Charleston restaurant workers who lost jobs due to COVID. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. And THANK YOU to the farmers and bakers tagged for making beautiful local foods and to @butcherandbee for organizing the efforts ❤️❤️❤️❤️ we a have another week of donating to this effort. We’ll give 15% of all sales to purchase local produce and eggs and give baskets with @butcherandbee. Thank you in advance for the continued support ???? and DM us if you want to buy baskets directly as well
For those self-distancing on an empty stomach, multiple local restaurants can also be enjoyed via take-out apps like UberEats, Doordash and Grubhub, as well as via curbside pickup to limit potential exposure. Click here for a continuously updated list of restaurants that are still open.