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To rescue restaurants, this new campaign asks people to pledge to spend $25 per week on takeout

Original post made on Feb 17, 2021

Restaurant Rescue hopes it will help bolster Palo Alto and East Palo Alto eateries that have suffered losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 3:23 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Mark
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

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Restaurant Rescue is a good idea. But what causes me to buy takeout sparingly now is that all the dishes seem to come in plastic. I’d but more if they were compostable.


Posted by [email protected]
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2021 at 1:26 pm

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There should also be a Bar Rescue effort where patrons can purchase on-site liquor at a bar and then partake in it off-site as in anywhere (except while operating a motor vehicle).

$25.00 is an easy bar tab for most.


Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 17, 2021 at 5:38 pm

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Restaurant Rescue is a fantastic idea. I feel sorry for these restaurant owners and also the small business owners that have taken a terrible hit during the pandemic. There is a lot of things here, a FaceBook page to discuss food, an email for contact, and a GoFundMe page set up, but is the “pledge idea” just an informal one? I think it would be cool to have a centralized page where they can list restaurants that need support or have people post which restaurants they have supported with the $25.00 pledge. In fact, I would easily double that pledge each week. Thank you Jan Altman!


Posted by Javier
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2021 at 2:34 pm

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It would even be more beneficial if wealthy Palo Altans tipped a restaurant worker an occasional $25.00 regardless of the price of their take-out order.

Many restaurant workers are undocumented immigrants struggling to provide for themselves and their families.

The restaurant owners know this and often pay them below minimum wage in exchange for a menial job and anonymity.


Posted by Kc
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 19, 2021 at 11:37 am

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What if we bought a gift certificate in May 2020 and now the restaurant has a for lease sign by on the door? I guess we supported but were never able the use it. Too bad.


Posted by MM
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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Nice idea, but support and respect goes two ways.

Today, I bought an expensive takeaway meal from a well-known small chain restaurant just off 101 in Redwood Shores. As a mask-less employee approached from the indoor food-prep area to the indoor cash register, he put on a mask when he got within ten feet of me.

I do not know if this youngish employee has a medical condition for which wearing a mask is contraindicated. I suspect relatively few people in general have such a condition. I also suspect this employee just does not want to, and therefore will not, wear a mask.

According to the California Covid-19 hotline, which I called today, all restaurant employees in San Mateo County must wear a mask at all times when they are on the job. Only people for whom wearing a mask is medically contraindicated are excepted. The person manning the hotline does not know if food can be contaminated when it is prepared by, or when it is prepared in the very near presence of, someone who does not wear a mask at all times when they work in a restaurant.

Today was the first time I had visited the restaurant in a year. I’d patronized this restaurant for decades until 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution, I threw out my takeaway without having touched the food. Until Covid-19 is well and truly behind us, I will not return to this or any other restaurant from this particular chain.

My point? If restaurants want people to support them, restaurant employees must do their part by respecting their fellow employees and their customers. Wear a mask at all times when you are on the job in a restaurant. If you cannot wear a mask, should you work in a restaurant?

If you own or manage a restaurant and you can not or you will not enforce your employees to wear a mask (or two) at all times when they are on the job, why should I support your restaurant?

As I said, respect and support goes both ways.


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