Quick Links To Help Servers and Bartenders in RVA

Here's how you can help the staff at your favorite local restaurants and bars.

March 19, 2020

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Over the past decade Richmond has become known for it's thriving food and beer scene. Time after time I find myself reading an article about how one of our restaurants is on this publication or that publication's Top 10 list of Best Reataurants or Breweries in America. Guy Fieri has even visited multiple establishments here for his television shows! Our food and beer scene makes us who we are! What's more Richmond than Happy Hour on a patio?

But right now, that same food and beer scene that has brought us nationwide recognition is suffering. Like the rest of the country, we are dealing with the social limitations that the coronavirus pandemic has brought and many of restaurants are closed or operating on limited hours. All of the servers and bartenders that help shape your experiences at your favorite local spots are out of work and are dealing with an uncertain future. Below are a few links to funds and organizations that have been set up to help servers and bartenders that are currently out of work right here in Richmond. If you know of another one that I have missed please DM me and I will update ASAP. 

1. The Holli Fund

The Holli Fund was set up after the passing of Richmond food writer Hollister Lindley. In non-pandemic times, members of the food industry can apply for emergency financial grants from the fund. This Friday, The Holli Fund will be hosting a "virtual happy hour" and you can even text to make a donation. The Holli Fund's website is HERE and details on the virtual happy hour are below.

Who: You and thousands of Richmonders What: #ServingOurSeversRVA Virtual Happy Hour Fundraiser When: Friday, March 20 (I’ll be toasting virtually around 5:30! -- JOIN ME!) Where: Literally anywhere with WiFi or cell phone service Why: As the food industry has come to a halt, a massive group of people are left wondering how they’ll pay rent and car payments and put food on their own tables. Our servers need your support. How: TEXT "DONATE" AND THE AMOUNT TO #804-518-8333 (ex: DONATE $5) @thehollifund offers financial grants to those in the food service community experiencing an economic crisis such as injury, illness, death of an immediate family member, loss of wages or hours due to coronavirus restrictions, or other emergency. (Big thanks to @richierva and @richmondmag)

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2. EAT Restaurant Partners Employee Relief Fund

EAT Restaurant Partners have a broad portfolio of restaurants including: Fat Dragon (I used to be a host there!), Beijing On Grove, Boulevard Burger and Brew, Pizza and Beer of Richmond, Foo Dog, Wong Gonzalez, Wong's Tacos and more. Most of their restaurants are still open and offering to go or delivery options for patrons (including beer and wine to go) and all gratuities will go to their employee relief fund. You also have the option to round your tip up. A link to the EAT Restaurant Partners Relief Fund can be found HERE

3. Richmond Restaurant Group Employee Relief Fund

RRG also owns multiple establishments here in RVA including: The Daily Kitchen and Bar, Barrio Taqueria and Tequila, East Coast Provisions, The Hard Shell and more. Some of their restaurants are still offering to go food. You can make a donation to the fund HERE

Other things you can do to help:

  1. Ask your favorite server or bartender for their Venmo/CashApp and send them money directly.
  2. Buy to-go or delivery food. Most restaurants are still serving food for to-go and delivery orders and some breweries are offering delivery service now. Check the social media accounts for some of your favorite places to see if they offer these services. 
  3. Buy a giftcard online if the establishment has that option.