Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
My wife and I work in the restaurant biz (accounting), and let me tell you: That industry is in deep doo-doo right now. I’m not too worried about us, since we’re boomers with savings, but I’m really concerned about all the employees of the several restaurants we work with down in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Some of these places are trying like hell to stay open and keep as many people employed as they can. They’re putting together takeout menus so customers can just walk or drive up and grab a simple meal. One of them, Ace Wasabi’s Rock n’ Roll Sushi, has put together a curbside takeout service. Another, the Michelin-awarded SPQR, is doing something similar with a $30 package and pizza by the slice.
If you live in San Francisco, check them out and help the staffs stay on their feet during this crisis.
But if you don’t live in SF, check out your favorite local restaurants and see if they’re doing something similar. If not, you can always purchase a gift card for later use.
Obviously the people getting hammered the most by the pandemic are workers who are getting fired because of statewide shelter-in-place orders, like ours here in California. They usually don’t have savings, and most of them live paycheck to paycheck or rely on tips.
If you have a little spare cash, toss it to a local line cook, dishwasher, server, and host and support your favorite hash house.