For more than a week, the nation has been in flux due to the novel coronavirus and many small businesses, including restaurants and bars, are stuck in limbo right now. Michigan’s bars and restaurants — like many others around the country — were ordered to close for dine-in service on Monday, March 16.
Although some establishments have retained skeleton crews and adopted delivery and carryout, a large proportion of the country’s service industry now finds itself unemployed. Many of these workers don’t have savings or access to healthcare. They may not have had the resources to purchase food in advance of quarantines. It is a precarious situation with no clear end date.
Some restaurants and individuals have launched crowdfunding campaigns, pay-it-forward dining options, and virtual tip accounts to help those in the service industry cope. Nick Britsky of Nick Drinks also launched a new national aggregator for virtual tip jars on Wednesday, March 18, called Go Tip Em. Eater Detroit has rounded up some of these fundraisers below, but please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will update this guide. Eater National has also developed a list of relief funds.
Please note that while the fundraisers and Venmo accounts listed below have all been shared by the official social media pages or known representatives of their respective restaurants, Eater cannot guarantee that each restaurant will use the money as they say they will.
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