Editor’s Note: I’m sharing this in hopes independent restaurants and lesser-known chefs sign up and offer something. Those are the people I’m most concerned about right now and feel need the most help. If this is you, please join this site and get listed!
#SavePhillyEats.com announced today it is launching a digital hub to help Philadelphia’s restaurants and bars weather the coronavirus crisis with urgently needed capital. The platform will allow participating restaurants to provide unique paid experiences and special offers to be redeemed once the crisis is over.
The site grew out of a conversation between Philly entrepreneurs Anthony Bucci and David Bookspan. They were looking for a way to help their friends in the restaurant business navigate the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19. Bucci explained, “We have no financial interest in #SavePhillyEats. We just wanted to help Philly bars and restaurants because the food landscape is such a huge part of what we all love about the city. If we band together now, we can ensure these businesses re-emerge strongly after the crisis.” (Bucci explains vision in #SavePhillyEats video.)
Chef Marc Vetri of Vetri Cucina said, “I think I speak for all local restaurateurs when I say we are grateful to be given an opportunity to generate revenue during this time. The #SavePhillyEats resource is a great example of folks coming together in a crisis. The Philly restaurant scene we all love will survive this.”
“The Philadelphia restaurant community is a special one,” said Top Chef All-Stars participant and partner at Spice Finch Chef Jen Carroll. “To come together with an initiative like this is priceless. Philly restaurants will come back stronger than ever and #SavePhillyEats is doing everything they can to make that happen.”
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How does #SavePhillyEats work?
Restaurants and bars opt into #SavePhillyEats.com with special experiences, offers, and incentives. Examples include the opportunity to buy a family-style pop-up dinner at Vetri Cucina, 20% off gift cards for Vernick Food & Drink, an in-home dinner with Mike Solomonov, a discount on gift cards from Yards Brewing Company, or a dinner for 10 in your home with Laurel Chef Nick Elmi.
Visitors to #SavePhillyEats.com view aggregated offers. #SavePhillyEats.com links through to the chosen restaurant’s website for fulfillment and payment. The restaurant keeps 100% of the revenue; there is no affiliate fee or any payment of any kind to #SavePhillyEats.com.
Offers will be updated frequently as more restaurants and bars sign up. Consumers are encouraged to check the #SavePhillyEats site and social channels often for new and exciting offers. Now thru April 2nd, for example, there is a Social Tag and Win Contest running:
Restaurant and bar owners who would like to participate can visit here. Follow #SavePhillyEats on Instagram and twitter @savephillyeats.
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