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Henrico County purchasing food for first responders from locally-owned restaurants

It’s a fine example of a public-private partnership to help local businesses get through hard times and provide meals to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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From the Henrico Citizen:

It began as an idea from a Sandston restaurant owner. In less than a week, it became a county initiative.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced March 24 that the county would begin purchasing meals for county employees from a number of Henrico restaurants, as a way to help those businesses continue in operation and potentially spur a segment of the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Support local restaurants March 30 – April 5 with Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week

Beginning Monday, March 30, VTC and VRLTA are encouraging Virginians who are able to participate in the takeout challenge by ordering takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from area restaurants throughout the week.

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To support restaurants across the Commonwealth that have been forced to close dining rooms due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association (VRLTA) have announced Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week.

Beginning Monday, March 30, VTC and VRLTA are encouraging Virginians who are able to participate in the takeout challenge by ordering takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from area restaurants throughout the week.

VTC and VRLTA will partner with destinations across the state to help encourage the support of local restaurants across the Commonwealth. Participating partners and consumers should use the hashtag #VirginiaEatsLocal when posting on social media.

Virginia Tourism will also sell limited edition “Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers” t-shirts, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local relief efforts for food service workers in crisis. T-shirts can be purchased as well.

“Virginia’s restaurant industry has been hit especially hard during this time,” said Eric Terry, President of Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association. “Restaurants are so vital to our economy and we encourage those who can afford to do so, to continue to help out these establishments that have helped to put Virginia on the map.”

“Virginia has some of the finest restaurants anywhere in America,” said Rita McClenny, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “We hope that by participating in Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week, Virginians will be reminded about the fantastic food options right in our backyard and how important they are to localities and their citizens especially during this time.”

The foodservice industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place. Virginians are encouraged to avoid traveling if sick, maintain at least six feet distance from others and to wash hands often. Visit virginiaisforrestaurantlovers.com for more.

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Buskey Cider founder forgoes salary to keep team employed during crisis

“I took a risk when I started this business. Obviously there’s lots of potential upside, but also the buck stops with me when things are tough and don’t go as planned,” said owner Will Correll.

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Will Correll, the Founder and CEO of Buskey Cider in Richmond, Virginia, is going without pay for the foreseeable future in order to cover the costs to pay for employees during the crisis. Additionally, his wife, Elle, who was also employed by Buskey as the sales and marketing director, has given up her salary to support the team.

“I took a risk when I started this business. Obviously there’s lots of potential upside, but also the buck stops with me when things are tough and don’t go as planned,” said Correll. “Our employees are hard workers and have lots to contribute, especially in a situation like this, and we really care about keeping them employed for as long as possible. Our personal salaries are modest but will buy us valuable time as we dig deep to continue moving forward and keep the dream alive. We have big plans for the company in the future and want our team to be strong for when we’re able to fully reopen.”

Buskey Cider opened in April 2016 in the popular craft alcohol neighborhood of Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia. Due to COVID-19, they are doing deliveries throughout Richmond and select areas around the state of Virginia via their website, www.buskeycider.com, and will subsequently be delivering to other states once the licenses come in.

Their Scott’s Addition tasting room location is open for limited hours to pick up canned cider; Monday-Friday 3 pm-7 and Saturday & Sunday 12 pm-7.

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Restaurant employee fundraisers you can donate to right now

It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

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It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

Another way you can make a difference is to donate to The Holli Fund. I (Trevor) was one of a handful of folks asked to host a virtual happy hour last week (embedded at the bottom of the post). This is an application- and need-based fund that gives grants to folks in both the front and back of house at restaurants and breweries across the area. The fund has done transformational things like paid folks’ mortgages, car payments, and fulfilled other important needs. You can learn more here and donate by texting “DONATE” and your amount (i.e. DONATE $5) to 805-518-8333.

Also check out our ongoing list of restaurants offering delivery and takeout, the coronavirus support list, and all of our COVID-19 coverage here. While we’re at it, we could use your support right now, too. RVAHub is a labor of love for both Richard Hayes and I, and we’re doing our best to keep the public up to date on important news and updates. With our ad network suspended, we’re running the site at a loss currently. It would mean the world to us if you were able to spare a couple o’ bucks and chip in to our cause. We’d love you for it.




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