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Shut in? How ’bout some takeout?

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.

[Photo by Joline Torres on Unsplash.]

7 comments on “Shut in? How ’bout some takeout?

  1. Phillip McCollum
    March 20, 2020

    That’s what our family is doing. We’ve spent the past year trying to cook more at home, but we don’t want to see our favorite local establishments go out of business, so we’re grabbing something to go every other night.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 20, 2020

      How great! I’m amazed at the resilience of these folks. It’s like “roll up your sleeves and let’s put on a show”!

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 20, 2020

      PS — How are you and yours doing down there?

      • Phillip McCollum
        March 20, 2020

        We’re hanging in there. I work in IT, so I’ve never been busier…we’ve been scrambling to make sure most of the company’s employees can work from home. And yes, it’s nice to see most people rallying to get through this together. Only saw one mini-riot at Costco the other day when some guy tried to cut in line, but he was promptly shamed. 😀

  2. TamrahJo
    March 20, 2020

    Even during me own ‘deep austerity’ time engaged in last fall, to ride out my work and who I shall work for ‘ choices of last summer, I carved out funds to support local biz’s, including ‘dining out’ – sigh – my reserves (not big nor long/retirement ready) and other budget areas took a hit – but still – if you love your locally owned biz’s and employers – I think this, right now, is one of the best ways we can support our ‘local community’ and our neighbors – and, in the end ‘vote’ with our dollars on who survives the challenges and who does not – :). IMHO – voting via our $ is the last/best form of ‘free market’ true capitalism – :).

  3. Iris Flavia
    March 26, 2020

    Here most have shut their restaurants, even take-aways. Mc D advertises with no contact (do they beam their meals?!)…
    People still panic. At ALDI only 5 people are allowed in. Great idea. Long queues and those waiting are so dumb and stand very close outside.

    • Kevin Brennan
      March 27, 2020

      How do you serve food without contact? Maybe it’s best to avoid McD anyway … 😉

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