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Chefs and hospitality industry – we need to come together during this global novel coronavirus pandemic and let our voices be heard. Elected officials need to understand the perilous position our industry is in. Many of you have been ordered to shut your doors or change your business models overnight. Cooks, dish washers, servers, bartenders, sommeliers, chefs, and restaurant owners alike are all hurting from this crisis. We want to help share your stories from the trenches and make your collective voice be heard – tell your stories of what you are going through and what you need to get through this, whether it be emergency unemployment benefits or a commercial rent freeze. Use hashtag #SAVEFANDB and tag elected officials. We are going to keep this page updated with your stories and relevant information to help get us all through this crisis.

Read the latest articles and posts #SaveFandB

Updated August 21, 2020

The 2020 James Beard Awards Are Effectively Canceled

US Foods Launches Ghost Kitchens Program

Facing unmasked diners and sick colleagues, restaurant workers worry about safety — and their livelihoods

Landlords Lose Money When Restaurant Properties Sit Vacant, So Why Not Give Rent Relief?

Posted August 14, 2020

Takeout Sales Are Way Up. Will Profits Follow?

How Much Worse Will It Get for New York’s Restaurants?

SF restaurant’s $200-per-person dome is America’s problems in a plastic nutshell

Posted July 28, 2020

James Beard Employees Demand More Diversity in Leadership, Salary Transparency in Internal Letter

105 New York Restaurants and Bars Cited For Social-Distancing Violations Over the Weekend

Coronavirus exacerbates racial wage gap for tipped workers, report finds

Hong Kong bans restaurant dining as it battles new wave of coronavirus

Posted  June 29, 2020

Restaurants Across the Country Are Closing After Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

City Releases Safe-Dining Guidelines for Reopened Restaurants

Square Launches New Service So Restaurants Can Take Delivery Orders Directly

Posted June 25, 2020

One Fair Wage Wants to Help Reopen Restaurants—and Change How They Pay Workers

Congress Needs to Extend the $600 Pandemic Checks — Here’s Why

Cities capped food delivery platform fees during the pandemic. Grubhub and Postmates resisted these limits, citing confusion.

Posted June 24, 2020

Why Restaurants Got Political

An Extinction Event for America’s Restaurants

How Chinese-American restaurants are ensuring their future

Posted June 23, 2020

The Coronavirus Economy: The fine dining veterans aspiring to elevate frozen food

The Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic

Salad robots, smoothie robots and vertical farms: Bay Area food automation goes from niche to necessity during pandemic

Posted June 22, 2020

The Future of Restaurants

More Than a Meal

Posted June 19, 2020

National Restaurant Association: 75% of restaurant operators don’t expect to turn a profit in near future

Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Business Owners Hardest

Racism shaped restaurants. Chef Aretah Ettarh knows what needs to change.

Seattle adopts hazard pay for food delivery drivers during the pandemic

Posted June 28, 2020

How Food Hubs and Co-Ops Are Overcoming the USDA Farm Box Program’s Flaws

Small meat processors get little aid as demand grows

Millions of Americans could get left behind unless Congress passes a new economic stimulus package. Here’s what should be in it.

June 17, 2020

A New $3M City Fund Aims to Pay Staffers at Small Restaurants $20 Per Hour

Union Square Hospitality Is Overhauling Its Diversity Program After Widespread Staff Complaints

Want to Support #BLM? Start with the Black Lives in Your Own Restaurants

Posted June 15, 2020

Alain Ducasse Reveals New Anti Virus Air Solution for Restaurants

Bars Must Change for Good After Coronavirus

Restaurants Parse Extensive and Conflicting Guidance as They Reopen

Posted June 12, 2020

What ‘Reopened’ Restaurants Look Like in 17 Cities Worldwide

Restaurants Must Use This Moment to Change, Too

Uber Eats Delivery Fees Cancelled For Black-Owned Restaurants

Posted June 11, 2020

How coronavirus accelerated demand for plant-based food

Food Companies Adjust to Operating With Coronavirus Costs

Struggling Farmers Are Selling Midwest Hogs Ad Hoc and Online

COVID-19 Is Hitting Kenyan Horticulture Exports Hard

Posted June 10, 2020

The New Recipe for Restaurant Survival? Become the Next Domino’s.

Everyone’s Business: Food Systems Transformation as the Defining Issue of our Time

Grubhub has two new suitors, Just Eat Takeaway and Delivery Hero, as Uber talks continue

Black Communities Have Always Used Food as Protest

Posted June 9, 2020

Eating at Black-Owned Restaurants Isn’t Going to Save Us

One young black chef on what food media needs right now

To Protest and (Refuse to) Serve

Posted June 8, 2020

NYC’s Laid-Off Fine Dining Chefs Find Glimmers of Hope With New Home Businesses

Dispatch from Detroit on the Future of Restaurants

If the Building Burns, Well, We’ll Figure It Out

Posted June 5, 2020


Want to See Food and Land Justice for Black Americans? Support These Groups.

21 Individuals and Organizations Building Stronger Black Communities and Food Systems

Fast-Food Companies Still Don’t Care

Abrupt NYC Curfew Sparks Confusion for Restaurant And Food Delivery Workers

Posted June 3, 2020

Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over

Food and beverage is the only sector projected to grow this year, report says


House passes PPP bill that gives restaurants more flexibility

Posted June 1, 2020

Chef who survived COVID-19 describes watching her restaurant be looted, lit on fire on TV

Who Are We Reopening For?

Restaurant bookings data show U.S. economy is starting to revive after Covid closures

A Restaurant Ended Its Relationship With World Central Kitchen Over Its Dealings With ICE. It’s Complicated.

Posted  May 29, 2020

The Case for Letting the Restaurant Industry Die

Reopenings, Resistance, and PPP Loans: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Handling Coronavirus

Food Service Workers Are on the Brink of a Mental Health Crisis. These Efforts are Helping.

Dishcraft Raises $20M, Adds Reuseable Takeout Container Cleaning as a Service

Posted May 28, 2020

Is It Safe to Eat at Restaurants Yet?


Lisbon-based Kitch seals €1 million to build delivery-first virtual kitchens

Amazon launches food delivery service in India

As COVID-19 Disrupts the Industrial Meat System, Independent Processors Have a Moment to Shine

Trump announces $16 billion in direct payments to farmers: “The farmers are doing fine”

Posted May 27, 2020

What is Eat. Drink. Think.? Series of events exploring the power of chefs, farmers, purveyors, and eaters to create a more transparent and sustainable food system for all.


New Bill Proposes $120 Billion in Grants to Support Independent Restaurants

McDonald’s Workers Sue Claiming Virus Measures Falling Short


Posted May 26, 2020

Welcome to Our Very Safe Restaurant!

The operator of popular NYC eateries including the Gramercy Tavern says restaurants likely won’t open until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine. That’ll be in January at the earliest, medical experts say.

Dining booking platforms are expanding beyond restaurants


A Special Social Distance Grocery Store is Coming to Austin

Posted May 22, 2020

The undocumented restaurant workers who fed us are being forgotten. This is their struggle

Even If You’re Trying To Avoid Grubhub By Calling Your Favorite Restaurant Directly, Grubhub Could Still Be Charging It A Fee

Starbucks asks for a break on rent for the next year

Posted May 21, 2020

Help for battered restaurants could be on the way as House considers new bills

Tock raises $10 million to help fancy restaurants do takeout

California Is the Nation’s Ag Capital. Here’s How it’s Addressing the Food Crisis.

Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants, reopens next week — as a burger and wine bar


Posted May 20, 2020

Rebel Foods woos consumers with temperature check of staff, healthy food

Where Restaurants Have Reopened Across the U.S.


Disposable plates, digital menus, and waiters with masks: what the CDC recommends for reopening restaurants and bars

The Restaurants Transforming Into Grocery Stores

Posted May 19, 2020

Restaurant Owners Innovate To Survive As Country Reopens During Coronavirus


Nick Kokonas on Resurrecting Restaurants, Skin in the Game, and Investing

Posted May 18, 2020

As restaurants struggle, cities look to cap delivery fees

New antimicrobial coating disinfects surfaces from virus


Boosted by US$6 million Alibaba cash injection, Hong Kong compostable food packaging start-up takes on single-use plastics

Book a table for fast food? Burger King trials post-lockdown app in Italy

Posted May 15, 2020

Call It Hero Pay or Hazard Pay, Essential Workers Want More of It

Grocery store workers keep getting COVID-19, but have to fight their companies to pay for testing

Posted May 14, 2020

Here Are the 2020 James Beard Awards Restaurant, Chef, and Media Finalists

The Path to Survival Is Even More Complicated for Immigrant-Owned Mom-and-Pop Restaurants

Grocery Upstarts Race to Exploit Food Delivery Overload

Posted May 13, 2020

Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2020 on the Future of Restaurants

This new program gives funds to California restaurants if they serve free meals and commit to fair wages

Third-party vs. direct delivery: Debate reaches boiling point amid coronavirus

Meal Kits Thrive During Coronavirus Lockdown

Posted May 12, 2020

What It Will Take for Restaurants to Survive

Mnuchin resists changes to small business loans as restaurants protest


OpenTable and Resy offer reservation fee relief for restaurants reopening with limited seating

Foil and Triumph: A Pivotal Moment for Achatz and Alinea

Posted May 11, 2020

Cheese Off a Truck: Farmers Try to Salvage Food, and Some Sales

What needs to change in America’s food system

One of the World’s Best Restaurants Might Not Reopen for Business

Posted May 8, 2020

Can Europe’s restaurants survive the coronavirus lockdown?

Detroit Restaurant Workers Are Struggling Without Elusive, Long-Promised Unemployment Checks

Black-Owned Restaurants in Detroit Are Hard Hit by the Pandemic

Viral Facebook Post Shows Just How Little Restaurants Make From Grubhub Orders

Posted May 7, 2020

Limiting Capacity May Be a Death Sentence for Suffering Restaurants

McDonald’s designed a new type of restaurant for the coronavirus era in Europe — here’s what it’s like to visit

Nearly 50% of Texas restaurants don’t want to reopen yet, study shows

Posted May 6, 2020

Restaurants Are Turning Their Parking Lots into Drive-In Movie Theaters

America’s Small Businesses Need a Marshall Plan

This Restaurant’s “Exhausting” List Of Coronavirus Procedures Shows How Hard It Is To Reopen

SF could permanently lose half its restaurants to coronavirus pandemic, group says

Posted May 5, 2020

Reopenings, Resistance, and PPP Loans: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Handling Coronavirus

What Happens When the Only Restaurants Left Are Chains?

How some NC farmers, and consumers, are rising to the challenges of COVID-19

States Are Embracing Extra Funds from Pandemic EBT to Cover Missing School Meals

Posted May 4, 2020

Alain Ducasse says it’s Safer to Eat in Restaurants than at Home


Why New Restaurants Are Still, Somehow, Opening During the Pandemic

How NYC’s Chinese Food Delivery Services Prepped for a Months-Long Shutdown

Support Local Restaurants by Ordering These Chef-Made Meal Kits

Posted May 1, 2020

Chefs Call for $120 Billion Restaurant Stabilization Fund


For Sweetgreen, A Pivot to Plates to Combat Plummeting Sales


Posted April 30, 2020

European city to become ‘vast open air cafe’ in response to COVID-19

Tax-deductible donations to feed healthcare workers and support local restaurants

Officials issue new guidance for Iowa restaurants preparing to reopen dining rooms

Restaurant, school district, Yolo County team up to feed 10,000+

Here’s What Eating Out Might Look Like When Restaurants Reopen

Sonoma County Celebrity Chef Becomes Queen of Glean

Posted April 29, 2020

See Which States Are Reopening and Which Are Still Shut Down

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance 

Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Georgia Restaurants Opened Their Doors Today—Here’s How It Went

Despite Plans to Reopen Texas, Dallas Restaurants Have Major Concerns

How one restaurant is pitching in to ease the effects of the coronavirus

For Restaurants Fighting to Stay Open, Landlords Prove a Major Hurdle

Posted April 28, 2020

The Lockdown Was Terrible for Restaurants. Can We Make ‘Reopening’ Any Better?

Takeout sales outpacing delivery amid coronavirus, data shows

OpenTable data shows the absolute devastation in the restaurant industry

Posted April 27, 2020

When COVID-19 Ends, Here’s How Restaurants Will Win

California Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors

Your Reservation Has Been Canceled-How apps like OpenTable, Tock, and Resy are pivoting to keep themselves — and restaurants — afloat in a world without bookings

As coronavirus helps CPG sales spike, companies reinvest revenue in relief efforts

How Walmart, McDonald’s and Kroger Are Finding Masks for Workers

Posted April 24, 2020

USDA to buy $3B worth of food from farmers to feed struggling families

Dispatches From Food Service Workers Across the U.S.: ‘I’m Trying Not to Panic’

COVID-19 | Reopening Critical Path for Independent Restaurants + Bars

Trendy salad chain Sweetgreen returns $10 million loan meant to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic

Posted April 23, 2020

Only 1 in 5 Restaurant Owners Are Certain They Can Survive the COVID-19 Crisis Despite Stimulus Assistance

The Supermarket After the Pandemic

US cannabis CEOs say coronavirus crisis will speed up legalization: ‘We have been deemed essential’

It’s Time for the Hospitality Industry to Listen to Black Women

How this Los Angeles healthy restaurant chain pivoted to emergency relief

Posted April 22, 2020

When COVID-19 Ends, Here’s How Restaurants Will Win

José Andrés’ Nonprofit Will Pay Restaurants to Open and Feed the Hungry



How this Los Angeles healthy restaurant chain pivoted to emergency relief

The Trump Administration Is Writing a Death Sentence for America’s Most Important Restaurants

Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery

Posted April 21, 2020

The Trump Administration Is Writing a Death Sentence for America’s Most Important Restaurants

An evolving list of global initiatives for the hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic


Shutting Down the United States Postal Service Would Be a Disaster for Small Food Businesses

California to Grant Food and Restaurant Workers Two Weeks of Paid Sick Leave

Pod Foods helps retailers, emerging brands more easily connect even during coronavirus pandemic


Posted April 20, 2020

These 4 businesses that have received PPP coronavirus loans have 1 thing in common: small banks

There Will Be No Grand Reopening for Restaurants

Practical financial tips from restaurateurs during the COVID-19 crisis

Shake Shack is returning its PPP Loan. Here’s why:

Posted April 17, 2020

Practical financial tips from restaurateurs during the COVID-19 crisis

Federal Small Business Bailout Fund Has Run Out of Money

The Exhausting Business of Trying to Stay in Business  

Lol the White House’s Economic Council for Restaurants Is Just a Bunch of Chains and Four Fine Dining Chefs 

Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash And Postmates Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over ‘Exorbitant’ Fees

Posted April 16, 2020

A food safety expert on why you’re unlikely to get the coronavirus from groceries or takeout

Virtual Tip Jars Let You Support Hospitality Workers While Drinking at Home

Kathleen Finlay Discusses Regional Farming, COVID-19. Check out the podcast here!

I Used to Design Meals for Marriott Luxury Hotels; Now I make meals for those who need them most

The Canadian Restaurant Industry Is Wondering When, And If, The Government Will Provide Aid

Posted April 15, 2020

Why Restaurants Are So Fucked

The Coronavirus Reveals The ‘Invisible Inequalities’ In Our Food System

A Pound Of Flour To Go? Restaurants Are Selling Groceries Now

Toilet paper, gloves, bottled water: Restaurants tack on extras to takeout orders

Walter Manzke On Adapting To Get Through The Pandemic

Posted April 14, 2020

What Can A Post-Pandemic World Look Like For Restaurant Workers?

Big Restaurant, Hotel Chains Won Exemption to Get Small Business Loans

Here’s What Alinea’s To-Go Offerings Look Like

New Food Delivery Platforms Aim To Do Better For Struggling Restaurants And Workers

Can Restaurants Survive the Pandemic By Feeding Those in Need?

Posted April 13, 2020

Will My Restaurant Get Taxed on Gift Cards & GoFundMe Campaigns?

How COVID-19 will affect 2020 food trends

It’s Time to Delete Your Delivery Apps

How is coronavirus impacting plant-based meat? Impossible Foods, Lightlife, Tofurky, Meatless Farm Co, Dr. Praeger’s, weigh in

Beer, Wine, & Spirits Producers Are Stepping Up During The Pandemic, Aided By Government Standing Down

Some Restaurant Relief Funds Are So Overwhelmed With Applications They’ve Stopped Taking New Ones

Communal Table Podcast

Posted April 10, 2020

These Chefs Are Hosting (Free) Online Cooking Classes Right Now!

Support These 45+ Organizations Helping Restaurants, Workers, and Farmers Survive COVID-19

Community Supported Agriculture Is Surging Amid the Pandemic

Louisa Burwood-Taylor on Food Technology During COVID-19

Posted April 9, 2020

Restaurants, local workers to benefit from ‘Feeding Our Heroes’ program

Liquor brands are sponsoring relief programs for bar and restaurant industry workers

Is This the Start of a CSA Boom?

Area farmers markets to adapt during COVID-19 pandemic

Boise Farmers Market came up with new plan because of COVID-19. Here’s how it works


Posted April 8, 2020

Utah restaurant forced to close becomes a relief center for displaced workers

Restaurant delivers nearly 300 sandwiches to thank medical workers fighting COVID-19

H-E-B sells meals from local restaurants amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted April 7, 2020

Lend a hand to our two frontlines. Read more about “Off their Plate” here.

Are you a hospitality worker affected by COVID-19? Check out and share this job board helping workers find jobs in grocery!

“We’re Good in Mayhem”: Why—And How—The Coronavirus Outbreak Has the World’s Chefs Springing Into Action

Posted April 6, 2020

Chefs Answer: What’s Going To Happen to My Favorite Restaurant?

Chefs, law firm form coalition to fight for insurance claims related to coronavirus

Keller, Boulud, Puck, Jean-Georges, Bocuse, and Crenn go BIG to Take On Insurance

Posted April 3, 2020


Posted April 2, 2020

The Latest Fine Dining Pivot: a $600 ‘Doomsday’ Dinner Party — that Customers Cook Themselves


Coronavirus Lockdowns Prompt Smaller Restaurants to Rethink Delivery

President Trump Offers Drowning Restaurant Industry One Solution: Tax Deductions

A D.C. Chef’s Ambitious System to Put Restaurant Workers Back on the Job

Posted April 1, 2020


$2 Trillion Virus Bill Leaves ‘Gaping Holes’ for Restaurant Industry

Will the Coronavirus Threaten Our Food? The supply chain has plenty of vulnerabilities.


Coronavirus has more Americans turning directly to farms for food

These Michelin-Starred Restaurants Are Offering Delivery And Carry-Out During COVID-19

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Help save America’s Restaurants and sign the petition here!

Well said chef Alex Stupak #SaveFandB 

America’s restaurant industry has never seen a crisis on this scale before…are they f*cked? Read all about it here

It’s time for a revolution. Here’s how to get started.

Check out how an extraordinary secret meeting of Chicago chefs: Jason Vincent, Jason Hammel, Diana Davila, Joe Frillman,  Abe Conlon, Rick Bayless, and Stephanie Izard (to name a few) grew into a commanding voice to seek help from the governor.

Association proposes direct financial relief, tax measures, loans and insurance options. Read about it here!

Here are local and nationwide resources that we hope can provide some relief for laid-off restaurant workers.

Posted on March 19, 2020


Award-winning chefs across the US are stepping up to help their own during the coronavirus pandemic. Here!

Posted on March 20, 2020

Posted on March 22, 2020

SAVE LOCAL RESTAURANTS! The are the lifeblood of our economy and our communities. Sign the petition here!

Posted on March 23, 2020

Restaurants Are Evolving Into Corner Stores to Stay Alive


From Fine-Dining to Drive-Through. How Restaurants Are Innovating During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on March 24, 2020

Presto Is Giving Away Free Kiosks to Restaurants in a Bid to Keep the Front of House Relevant


How Juice Companies are Dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic


Federal law mandates new paid leave requirements for restaurant workers affected by coronavirus. ‘Families First’ act requires pay for sick workers and those who need to care for others. 

Groundbreaking Indian Chef Floyd Cardoz Dies at 59 of COVID-19

Yelp and GoFundMe Team Up to Give You a Better Way to Support Your Local Businesses

Posted on March 25, 2020



Chef Naomi Pomeroy on why “Restaurants closed by coronavirus won’t reopen without economic assistance.”

Instagram founder launches gift card site for quarantined restaurants. 

Your favorite Bay Area restaurant might close forever. Help save it. 

Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy.

Posted on March 26, 2020

4 Sonoma County Restaurants Take Very Different Paths Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. Check it out!

With Their Restaurants Closed, Chefs Turn to Instagram Live to Inspire Home Cooks. 

The Food & Wine Pro Guide to Mental Health and Sobriety Resources.

Chef Kwame Onwuachi Is Cooking to Cope. Check it out!

Closures, Takeout, and Relief Efforts: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Handling Coronavirus.

Everything to Know About How the $2 Trillion Stimulus Helps (and Fails) Restaurants

Posted on March 27, 2020

How to ensure access to local meat during COVID-19 and beyond. 

Support Restaurants By Buying These Delicious Food Products 


Here’s How to Fight Coronavirus Misinformation. 


Pantry Cooking 101

Updated March 30, 2020


While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here’s How One Is Thriving


Food pantries struggle to provide during COVID-19

Updated Mach 31, 2020


If you’ve had enough reading for a day, check out this podcast Andrew Talks to Chefs 

At a time of industry crisis, Andrew Friedman is proud to offer a new series of special reports that will air Monday – Friday for at least the next month. The episodes are intended as a place for restaurant professionals and enthusiasts to virtually gather daily to hear the thoughts of industry leaders, employees, experts, and others who have important viewpoints to share. Each episode will feature one or two interviews plus news and commentary from Andrew, and will be approximately 30 minutes in length.

Here’s the first episode to get you started:

SPECIAL REPORT: Gavin Kaysen on the Restaurant Industry’s Unique Challenges

Or take Chef-Taught Online Classes to Help You Cook, Draw, Write & More!

Posted on March 25, 2020

Let Free Virtual Cooking Classes From Restless Chefs Entertain You

Posted March 27, 2020

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