charlotte restaurants give back to employees and the community

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There’s no doubt that the current pandemic is putting a strain on businesses of all shapes and sizes – especially small businesses like restaurants. While some have temporarily closed their doors, others are open and accepting takeout orders. Many are also rolling out ways to raise funds for their employees or provide meals to those in need.

Here are a few ways restaurants are giving to their own team members and to the community.

Charlotte Agenda

Give a virtual tip: To help those in Charlotte who have lost their food and beverage industry jobs, Charlotte Agenda launched #tipCLT to help raise funds. Simply go to the website and click “Meet Your Server.” A random industry professional’s name, employer, and Venmo username will pop up. You can then choose to donate any amount through Venmo.

Noble Food & Pursuits

Jim Noble and team are raising funds to feed families during the COVID-19 crisis. In the past week, donations have allowed them to serve over 9,000 meals and keep over 40 employees on staff. The current goal is $300,000. Consider donating on this website. If you’d like to order food from one of his restaurants, Rooster’s, Copain, Noble Smoke, and Bossy Beulah’s are all accepting takeout orders.

Rare Roots Hospitality
Fin & Fino: Order online, call ahead, Grubhub delivery
Dressler’s Metropolitan & Birkdale: Call ahead
The Porter’s House: Call ahead
Dogwood: Call ahead, DoorDash delivery

-          Offering takeout at all restaurants

-          Fin & Fino is also selling wine, beer, cocktail kits, and raw meats

-          The Porter’s House is also selling fresh meats, seafood, and poultry as well as beer and wine

-          20% of all gift card purchases will go to the staff (available online)

-          All proceeds from food and beverage sales from the five restaurants will go directly to the staff

-          100% of gratuity on orders will also go to the staff

Roots Café and Catering

Feeding Charlotte: Chef and owner Craig Barbour has launched a campaign to help those in need during this difficult time. They have asked guests to purchase a Roots gift card online and name “Feeding Charlotte” as the recipient. The proceeds from these purchases will be used to buy local food through Freshlist to craft meals for distribution. These efforts support those in the food industry as well as local farmers. Click here to donate. Based on current donations, Roots will be donating 500 pounds of food this week.

Buy A Meal, Donate A Meal: Looking to donate another way? When you buy a meal from Roots’ Lunch Box menu online or through Postmates, they will donate a meal to Feeding Charlotte. Find the menu and order here.

-          Roots is also offering curbside pickup or Postmates delivery

-          Rotating family meals available throughout the week

-          Menu can be found here

Tonidandel-Brown Restaurants Staff

Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel, the owners of Haberdish, Crepe Cellar, Reigning Donuts, and Growler’s Pourhouse, started a GoFundMe page for the staffs of their restaurants. They have had to let go of at least 85 employees because of COVID-19. Consider donating to their team here. If you’d like to order food from one of these restaurants, they’re offering takeout via Bring The Queen (order online and pick up at the window in NoDa.)


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