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"Restaurant Relief America" Campaign Launched to Aid Restaurant Workers

March 27, 2020
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AND INDUSTRY ICON GUY FIERI LAUNCH RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUND RAISING MILLIONS TO SEND CASH GRANTS TO RESTAURANT WORKERS FACING ECONOMIC HARDSHIP The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today the creation of a Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) to support U.S. restaurant workers financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and that industry icon Guy Fieri will lead a nationwide fundraising drive for the Fund via a Restaurant Relief America campaign. Fieri is the renowned chef, restaurateur,...

Astro Doughnuts Launches: "Comfort for the Crisis" Relief Fund Benefiting Hook Hall Helps

March 20, 2020
Starting Monday March 23 rd , Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will launch a new initiative: Comfort for the Crisis , delivering food each day to those on the front lines supporting the public during the COVID-19 crisis and others who have been most impacted. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s food truck will take daily deliveries of food to area hospitals and Hook Hall Helps (an initiative to support furloughed restaurant and hospitality staff). For every $500 raised, Astro will donate an additional $100 of food. Every dollar counts, so please consider supporting via the order...Read more

Restaurant Gift Cards Present Opportunity to Help Sales

March 25, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Gift-card sales are a much-needed revenue source during the pandemic disruption. Cards appeal to homebound customers and play a big part in community outreach efforts. As coronavirus disrupts the US, restaurant owners and operators are looking for alternative ways to create much-needed revenue for their businesses. One way is promoting the purchase of online and digital gift cards, especially with everyone social distancing. Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD, is using its gift card program to create an extra source of revenue...

Support Local With Virginia Is For Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week! March 30 - April 5

March 27, 2020
With the closure of restaurant dining rooms, many Virginia restaurants have switched to takeout and delivery, allowing you to enjoy some of Virginia’s finest fare while also following Governor Northam’s mandates for the COVID-19 state of emergency . If you are able to participate, you can support Virginia’s restaurants by ordering takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from your favorite local dining establishments during Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week , happening March 30th-April 5th. Afterwards, share your takeout stories with us on social media with #...Read more

Latest DMV Restaurants Temporarily Closed

March 25, 2020
DC-Area Restaurants & Bars Temporarily Suspending Business Operations Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Anchovy Social All Souls Amuse (Hotel Le Meridien Arlington) Anafre A Rake’s Progress Bad Saint Bar Deco Barley Mac Belga Cafe Ben’s Chili Bowl (Rosslyn | H Street | Nats Stadium | FedEx Field | Ben’s Next Door | Ben’s Upstairs) The Betsy Beuchert’s Saloon (takeout/delivery TBD) Bindaas (Cleveland Park & Foggy Bottom) The Bistro The Bombay Club Boqueria (Penn Quarter & Dupont) BOURBON STEAK Brasserie Beck Brew’d The Brixton Brookland’s...Read more

DMV Takeout & Delivery Guide

April 23, 2020
Today, we're excited to announce a new marketing initiative designed to help diners more easily support DMV restaurants working tirelessly to keep kitchens #openfordelivery and takeout. With local public health safety restrictions expected to last through mid-May, we've partnered with Justin Schuble – Founder + Creative Director of the Metropolitan Washington region's most-followed foodie account @dcfoodporn – to enhance the DMV Takeout & Delivery Guide user experience! As Co-Founder of top-rated (and #MadeInDC) app TidBit Social , Justin has made it possible for...Read more

Mayor Bowser Announces DC Businesses Can Now Apply for SBA Disaster Assistance Loans

March 17, 2020
DC Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Can Now Apply for Federal Relief Funds (WASHINGTON, DC) – Tuesday, March 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the US Small Business Administration (SBA) has accepted the District of Columbia’s declaration for assistance in the form of economic injury disaster loans following the advent of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and DC businesses can start applying now. While the SBA directly administers this loan program, the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), led by Director Kristi Whitfield, will liaise with...

Inspiring Operators Remind Us Why We Love the Restaurant Business

March 9, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The stories behind this year’s Ambassador of Hospitality, Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity award winners are worth hearing and sharing. An Iranian immigrant who ended up a successful Taco Bell franchisee, a Mexican chef-restaurateur who this year received his first James Beard Award nomination, and an eight-unit deli chain committed to reducing food waste were among the honorees at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ’s 2020 Restaurant Industry Awards in Washington, DC. The Restaurant Neighbor...

Make Your Business Buzz-Worthy with Location-Based Marketing

March 6, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Location-based marketing is now about audiences instead of individuals Location-based marketing is no novelty, but it is growing and evolving. Asif Khan, founder and director of the Location Based Marketing Association , says 88% of retail and restaurant companies worldwide used local marketing in 2019, up 8% from 2018. Annual spending on technology — platforms, solutions and hardware — is expected to reach $57.4 billion globally by 2021, with geotargeted advertising expenditures rising to $39.4 billion. “That’s...

10 Ways to Generate Gold on St. Paddy’s Day

March 2, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Nearly 33 million people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year. Here are some tips on how you can increase sales on the holiday. Each year, nearly 33 million people raise a glass in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This year the holiday honoring Ireland’s famous patron saint falls on a Tuesday. Yes, March 17 is in the middle of the week, which is great news for restaurateurs and bar operators. According to personal finance website WalletHub , 55% of Americans celebrated the holiday last year. Here’s what else it...