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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…

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…

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…