The Coronavirus Impact on Restaurants

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The Coronavirus Impact on Restaurants

Photo: Jeffrey Gurwin In light of the urgent and dire financial situation facing restaurants due to the coronavirus (COVID-19...

March 20, 2020

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The Coronavirus Impact on Restaurants

Photo: Jeffrey Gurwin

In light of the urgent and dire financial situation facing restaurants due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, this past week the James Beard Foundation conducted a survey to provide an immediate snapshot of the industry’s needs. Almost 1,500 chefs, restaurateurs, beverage professionals, and workers participated in this survey—which was deployed on March 15, just one day after the first statewide mandates to close restaurants were announced. The results provide real insight into the immediate challenges facing food service professionals, as well as what magnitude of support is required to sustain their businesses across different periods of time. Below are some of the top-line results:

We recognize that these are extremely challenging times. We are here, as always, to underscore the importance of the restaurant industry to the fabric of our culture and our communities, and to show how the leadership of those in this industry is a model for the other to follow.

Last night we launched the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund, to help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses.

Donate now.

If you are inquiring about criteria in the application process for the JBF Relief Fund, please add your information here. We are working on application materials at this time and will send out information when it is ready. If you have any questions about the fund, contact us at relief@jamesbeard.org.


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