It’s a difficult time for everybody, but the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard by Covid-19. We want to offer support and Covid-19 resources for our restaurant community. We care deeply. After a bit of grieving and developing plans for how we can help, we’ve come up with some ideas.
How We Can Help
We Can Help You Earn Revenue Online
If you’ve thought about selling from your website, there’s never been a better time to set up shop online. We offer a variety of eCommerce options and we love to brainstorm creative ideas to make money. We’re seeing restaurants offering virtual cooking classes, meal kits, cookbooks, offering delivery from their favorite suppliers, promoting their digital gift cards, and selling apparel and branded merchandise. There are a lot people online right now. If you have a website that gets a lot of traffic the sky’s the limit.
We Can Set Up an Online Ordering System For You
Accepting payments online instead of in person is a great way to keep your employees safe (and everyone else too). When you use your own online ordering system you don’t have to pay commission which increases your bottom line.
We Can Optimize Your Restaurant Website
If your website is not getting the results you’d like, we’d be happy to do a free website evaluation. Simply book an online call over Zoom and we will review your website and total online presence. We can give you some valuable feedback.
We Can Create a Website Notification Bar and Covid-19 page For You
We can create a dedicated page on your website where people can read more in-depth about how how you’re keeping your guests and employees safe. It’s important to let your guests know about the extra measures that you’re taking to keep them safe during this time. The more transparent you are about your safety precautions, the more they will trust you and want to support your business.
Resources & Links
James Beard Foundation is offering industry webinars that cover everything from social media to moving online.
The Dining Bond Initiative is making it easy for people to support their favorite restaurants. Participating restaurants place their offer on their website and customers get discounted gift cards.
The National Restaurant Association has a helpful COVID-19 page that provides information about loans from the Small Business Administration.
Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) is providing support to restaurant workers with children. Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have a close family member who has been diagnosed are eligible for support.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant employees as well. This fund offers grants to restaurant employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
Helpful Resources from Square
Square makes it quick and easy to set up online ordering, with no fees —
The seller community has some helpful videos to explain how to use the platform to take payments online.
- Video explaining how to Set up an online ordering page.
- Video explaining how to Turn on curbside pickup.
- Video explaining how to Set up local delivery.
Square also has a helpful resource page about promoting your Square eGift cards.
If you know of any other Covid-19 resources for restaurants that I can add to my list, please let me know.