Richmond Restaurants United Release Powerful Video Pleading For Support

by | Mar 23, 2020

A group formed by the owners and operators of a variety of Richmond’s leading restaurants is asking our government to step in during this time of social distancing and help preserve the local restaurant community that helps define Richmond culture.

Supporting local businesses has become more important than ever in a time when coronavirus is devastating the economy. If we want the local restaurants we love to still exist when the current quarantine is over, we’re going to have to support them now. And no one knows that better than the restaurant owners and workers themselves.

Last week, in the wake of Governor Northam’s order that public gatherings be severely curtailed, a group of Richmond restaurants came together to form Richmond Restaurants United, an advocacy and support group with the mission of urging immediate action from the government and the community in order to save our local restaurants.

Their website provides resources for the thousands of workers who were laid off after social distancing went into effect, as well as resources for restaurant owners and operators seeking relief in the wake of a massive drop in business and trying to determine their next step.

They also released a video message, put together by Spang TV and Overcoast Music, which features a variety of Richmond restaurant owners explaining the current situation they’ve found themselves in and advocating for immediate help from local, state, and national governments in order to ensure that the restaurants we know and love will still be there after the current COVID-19 lockdown is over. See it below:

Richmond Restaurants United is advocating for immediate financial assistance from all levels of government, through a stimulus package that provides assistance for the industry and a temporary wage for furloughed workers the group is calling a Social Distancing Wage.

“What I need is swift action from our government with assistance that’s meaningful for our restaurants and our restaurant employees,” Michelle Williams of Richmond Restaurant Group says in the video.

Richmond Restaurants United has laid out a four-step plan at their website for those who want to help, including ways to donate funds, time, and services to the cause. If you’re interested, visit their website at richmondrestaurantsunited.com.

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.




more in community

Its here! The RVAMAG & GayRVA Reader’s Poll 2022

We have never been the sort of publications to bombard you with polls year after year... but let's face it, every now and then a heat check is in order. After a global pandemic --- Richmond's entire culture has undergone a big change and with this reader's poll, we...

The Last Richmond Fall 2022 Photo Set Of The Year!

To be totally honest, there are only so many photos of the city skyline or James River we can look at. We get a ton of people sending us this stuff everyday. That's totally cool (and we support this happening) but at some point we gotta call it and let our audience...

Goodbye Halloweek 2022! The Richmond Halloween Parade Photos!

Every community needs a few traditions that are homegrown and represent the overall vibe of the people in it. Dominion Energy Riverrock is a great event. The Sport Backer Marathon races are a pain to drive around but hell yeah, let's get people healthy! But think...

Virginia Patients Impacted By Adderall Shortage, Doctors Say

The Food and Drug Administration added Adderall to its drug shortage website last month, and doctors say Virginia patients being treated for ADHD are feeling the impact. The leading reasons for the shortage, which primarily affects immediate-release Adderall and...

The HALLOWEEK 2022 Photo Dump!

The weather was amazing this weekend and people were out celebrating the best holiday of the year, Halloween! A great mix of creativity, some creepy-ness, friends and parties -- Halloweek brings out all the fun freaks downtown and here is the proof. Hot dogging it at...

The Richmond Zombie Walk 2022 Photos!

The 17th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk rambled, groaned and dragged its way through Carytown this past weekend. Photographer Dave Parrish was on hand to document the entire thing.  

Topics:

Pin It on Pinterest