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When it comes to delivered food, I often first think of pizza. But with the current COVID crisis, I’m learning heartbreaking stories of the devastating decline in revenue of Asian restaurants in particular. Many restaurants that were once doing $4000+ per week are bringing in $100 or less. If they lose that kind of revenue and have an inflexible landlord, they’re likely shutting down, never to come back. Action: Order Takeout. Seriously. You can do…

At this writing in Seattle, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, all schools have announced closure or some form of remote learning. Restaurants and bars are closed, and no gathering of 50 or more is allowed. Most workplaces have gone remote, and public officials are strongly encouraging people not to gather in large groups. First, please read this excellent summary from Tomas Pueyo as to why we need to implement social distancing now, not in the future, but now.…

I was touched by this story from Arkansas, where the landlord is telling is not only letting restaurant owners skip paying rent, but also strongly encouraging them to take those funds and instead direct those payments to the payroll of their employees. The company, Young Investment Company in Arkansas, owns several buildings occupied by restaurants, and¬†announced on Facebook¬†that it won’t expect rent from those businesses in April. “We ask that you use this money instead…

A few story ideas are coming into #bigthanks that we’d love to be able to tell, but we just don’t have enough time. Are you a writer familiar with Wordpress? We’d love to have you contribute a story or two. Please jot us a note at bigthanksorg [at] gmail.com. Send us a link to thing(s) you’ve written. By “writer,” we mean someone who writes well, and is interested in discovering, researching and sharing ways people…

Several hospitals are calling on the public to make masks. Healthcare workers are not only dealing with a shortage of masks but also surgical gowns and protective eyewear. Hospital workers in Washington state have been making protective medical gear out of office supplies and other run-of-the-mill materials as they deal with a severe shortage of equipment needed to care for patients who may have COVID-19. Providence Hospital in Renton WA, Deaconess Hospital in Indiana are…

from Seattle Restaurant London Plane: “Over the past week, as we’ve thought about how best to take care of workers in our industry (restaurants), our minds also turned to who else could use our help right now. How could we share a resource — The London Plane kitchen — with those who are working on the front lines to contain this pandemic and treat the sick? Starting Wednesday 3/18 we will be sending 1,600 meals…