Campaign aims to help restaurants keep cooking
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This article was published 08/04/2020 (1153 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Stay in and order out: that’s the message behind a national campaign to help struggling restaurants by getting take-out meals on Wednesdays.
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Starting April 15, the campaign, called Canada Takeout, will encourage Canadians to order meals — either to pick up or to be delivered — to support restaurants that have experienced a deep drop in business during the pandemic.
The #TakeoutDay campaign will kick off with a Facebook live show on 8 p.m. next Wednesday with musical guests and celebrity appearances.
Chef Tyrone Welchinski, who works at Nonsuch Brewery, was approached to be part of the social media campaign.
“We’ve been doing OK with take-out orders and deliveries, but I don’t think there’s a lot of awareness right now that restaurants are still operating and that we still need this business to survive the storm,” he said.
Even outside of the campaign, there are ways for people to support food-service workers.
“Even if the restaurant is closed, a great thing customers can do is just leave them a positive review on Google. That can go a long way.”
Some restaurants have been forced to completely shut down, which, Welchinski said means, while support from diners was crucial, government intervention was necessary as well.
“If the restaurant is closed, and in many cases they’ve had no choice but to close… there isn’t really anything you can do to help them at this point I think, it’s up to the government to bail these businesses out,” he said.
“It’s not loans or anything that we need. It’s a bailout.”
Malak Abas is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Updated on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:16 PM CDT: Fixes typo.