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    Easy ways to support local eateries this holiday season

    For the love of cooking, they endure

    by Tianna G. Hansen

    It’s important to support our local eateries now more than ever.

    While restaurants, bars and other small eateries have faced never-ending restrictions throughout the pandemic, most in our community are continuing strong.

    Those who have “braved the storm,” so to speak, and remained open continue to pivot and rebrand, offering new product lines, permanent seating upgrades and menu changes, plus curbside pick-up and/or delivery options.

    Even if you’re still staying home, there are many ways to support your local eateries from the comfort of your couch!

    • Order Take-Out/Delivery

    You don’t have to miss out on your favorite dishes this holiday; treat yourself (and your loved ones!) to an evening without cooking.

    When you order take-out from local restaurants, especially small mom-and-pop places, please keep in mind that orders may take longer to prepare.

    There is a severe staffing shortage in many eateries. Be kind and considerate!

    • Buy Gift Cards and Merchandise

    Support your favorite eatery now and dine later when you buy a gift card.

    Purchasing a gift card allows restaurants to make money now, and gives yourself or your loved ones the gift of a future meal (or two) to look forward to!

    Many eateries also offer “merch” such as sweatshirts, t-shirts, coffee mugs or glasses, and everything in between. Show your support with some swag, or ask your favorite place ways to support.

    • Write Positive Reviews

    If you love the food, take some time to write a positive review. This can really boost and bolster a restaurant, especially in these times.

    A review can go a long way, and can sometimes be the deciding factor for new customers whether they want to try the food or not.

    So, if you love something, let the world know!

    This is a great way to keep your support long lasting, as reviews stay in the virtual world for much longer.

    • Be Kind and Patient

    These remain stressful times; being mindful and aware of how our actions can affect others is important. Be kind to your fellow humans.

    Your waiter/waitress, bartender, and others who work in the food hospitality industry are under high levels of stress. Giving them some extra kindness can go a long way in someone’s day.

    Even if you have to wait a little longer or aren’t able to get something on the menu, keep in mind we are experiencing many shortages the same as grocery stores, and haven’t been able to find staff.

    Consider tipping a little more generously, especially when dining in.

    In our current state of the world, the intimate nature of dining out comes with a little more risk, but it’s not impossible to support your local eateries and keep them running, while staying safe!

    With the above tips for offering support, we can work together as a community to keep businesses up and running, people in our community happily fed, and help each other survive a time of life that will certainly go down in history.

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