New York’s restaurants have closed as an order from Mayor Bill de Blasio in an effort to limit social interaction and the spread of coronavirus. (Restaurants are only open for delivery and takeout at this time.) While an effective — and necessary — measure, these closures leave thousands without an income, in particular, those on part-time positions (which happens to be most of the industry). To help support service workers, SupportRestaurans.org’s Dining Bond lets customers to invest in the future of the industry by buying $75 ‘bonds’ they can later use for $100 value once restaurants re-open. However, the money is nonrefundable in the event that a restaurant permanently closes. The initiative has been joined by more than three dozen dining venues including Mister French, Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, Scampi, and 232 Bleecker among others. The effort will support smaller businesses in particular, as they are at higher risk of shutting their doors permanently due to the pandemic. Supporting these businesses remotely is one of the things we can do to ensure their continued success once the health crisis subsides.
Each bond is available on the site of the participating restaurant. A list of participating restaurants may be found here.
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