The Helpers

How you can help your favorite restaurants, servers, bars, coffee shops and markets.

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We’re two days into spring and while blue skies and warm temps belie the current state of the world, there’s always a silver lining.

Fred Rogers said look for the helpers, so here they are — and you can be one, too. Below find resources if you are currently out of work and in the food and beverage industry. And if you’re lucky enough to be a salaried worker taking conference calls at home, here’s how you can help your favorite restaurants, bars, coffee shops, markets and maybe even that one server who always remembers your name.

This list is being updated — are we missing a great resource? Email maryscottfletcher@gmail.com.

Donate to and support out-of-work food and bev folks here:

Richmond Restaurant Workers Relief Fund. Created by chef Brittanny Anderson of Brenner Pass, Chairlift and Metzger Bar and Butchery, this Gofundme aims to “help the most vulnerable” of workers who have recently lost their jobs due to COVID-19. It’s partnering with local nonprofit the Holli Fund to distribute the money raised “as quickly as possible” to area restaurant workers.

TONIGHT: Holli Fund Happy Hour.
Hang out with RVA personalities like Anderson, Christina Dick and Nikki-Dee Ray as they toast to a virtual happy hour. Text DONATE and the amount to 804-518-8333. You can sip alone together by following the hashtag #ServingOurServersRVA. Just imagine you’re seated at your favorite bar on a Friday night and tip accordingly, and if you’re a terrible tipper no time like the present to correct bad habits!

Other GoFundMe pages

RVA Hospitality

Eat Associate Relief Fund

Richmond Restaurant Group

R&L Hospitality Relief Fund

Use your voice and John Hancock

Sign the Save America’s Restaurants Petition The petition calls for engagement with local industry leaders and restaurant associations to outline a swift plan considering factors such as providing emergency employment benefits to hourly and salaried workers, waiving payroll tax, endorsing rent and loan abatement for workers, working with state liquor authorities, and waving zone and permit restrictions.

You can find contact information for your Virginia legislators here: virginiageneralassembly.gov. Sample scripts to read to your lawmaker can be found here: eater.com/2020/3/17/21184315/how-to-call-representatives-restaurants-bailout-relief-script.

Small business owners
Take this survey (vec.virginia.gov/node/11707) through Friday, March 27. The Virginia Employment Commission will collect this data and share the results with state and federal partners.

Chefs and restaurant leaders
Take this James Beard Foundation survey: surveymonkey.com/r/89C7L9B. The intent is to gather data so the foundation can “provide valuable information to legislators drafting emergency and longer-term legislation.”

If you are out of work and need assistance:

Apply for assistance from the Holli Fund
The Holli Fund offers $750 grants to people in the industry “who are experiencing an economic crisis such as loss of income due to illness, injury, death of an immediate family member, coronavirus restrictions or other emergency.” Checks are made out directly to the service provider for bills such rent, mortgage and utilities. These grants are not for medical expenses.

Check out Another Round Another Rally It’s offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers.

Bartenders and spouses of bartenders
The United States Bartenders’ Guild is accepting applications for its bartender emergency assistance program: usbgfoundation.org/beap.

Apply for emergency relief from the Restaurant Worker Community Foundation: southernsmoke.org/smoke/application.

Those who can, cook. Those who can’t, order to-go:

Mayor Levar Stoney has relaxed parking regulations in the city so food can be picked up easily curbside by guests.

ABC has also released some guidance concerning the curbside pickup of libations. An ABC licensee can deliver wine and beer to a customer curbside if that person ordered the alcohol electronically and is parked on the retailer’s premises. A licensee with a delivery permit can also deliver to off-site locations.

Ale Wife
Chef Lee Gregory is posting daily menus on Instagram with options for one, two or four people plus dessert, wine and beer. It’s also adding 20% auto gratuity to the checks to help out its staff, which we love to see.

Barrel Thief
Shop your favorite bottles at a discount and have them delivered or pick them up yourself. For now it’s open from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

Billy Pie
Order wine by the bottle, pizza and cream puffs.

Boulevard Burger
Curbside burgers and shakes

Brenner Pass
Check out its Instagram for the daily family meal updates (main course, two sides and dessert for $60). It also has beer, wine and Haribo gummies.

Brenner Pass and Chairlift
Get three bottles of red, white or combo bottles for $40-$60.

Deep Run Roadhouse
Order online or over the phone; West End location is offering free delivery from in-house staff.

Dutch and Co.
Pre-order all the fixings for a gorgeous cheese plate online.

Fat Dragon
Order for delivery or pickup and get your growlers filled.

Fighting Fish
Curbside pickup or free delivery. Try the $15 lunch box.

Grisette
Quick curbside pick up and ait’s having fun to boot. Look for pastrami, short rib and sausage this weekend.

Hop Craft RVA
Order hand-tossed pies and four-packs to-go.

Hot Chick
Beer, wine and hot chicken.

Izzy’s Kitchen
Pickup and delivery sandwiches.

Jack Browns RVA
Burgers, bottles, cans and fries.

Joe’s Inn
Pick up at Shield’s Market 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Perch
From business boxed lunches to a la carte dinner items and booze, Perch has you covered.

Pizza and Beer
$10 crowlers and more

The Pitts
Dive-bar barbecue enjoyed in the comfort of your home.

Red Salt
Sushi on the fly with tips going to hourly associates.

Rappanannock
Grab and go growlers and special curbside pick up menu with bivalves.

Sabai
Takeout and curbside pick up daily noon to 10 p.m.

Southbound RVA
Offering daily takeout menus priced for two or four people

Toast
Daily food specials plus beer and wine.

Union Market
Sliders and soups to go.

Wild Ginger
Curbside and delivery — all tips and roundups go to staff.

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