Restaurants Need More Support to Survive COVID-19

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Restaurants Need More Support to Survive COVID-19

Only 1 in 5 owners think they can stay in business until operations resume

April 17, 2020

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Restaurants Need More Support to Survive COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the James Beard Foundation has been polling chefs and restaurant owners about its impacts on the food and beverage industry. We conducted two rounds of surveys, the first closed on March 16, one day after the first state-wide mandates for restaurant closures were enacted. The second began on April 9, about a week after the Paycheck Protection Program had been active, and closed this week on Monday, April 13.

Just over 1,400 owners, from predominantly small and independent restaurants, responded to the April survey on SurveyMonkey. Below are some of the top-line results from this most-recent survey:

The State of the Industry is Dire

Confidence is Low, Need is Great

Challenges to Reopening

New Debt Obligations

Snapshot of Restaurant Owners Responding

This remains an unprecedentedly challenging time for the restaurant industry, and we at the James Beard Foundation are committed to supporting the community and ensuring its economic and cultural viability in the future.

Read the full press release.

Learn more about the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund and donate now.

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