Restaurant operators are turning to the public for support during the coronavirus pandemic, with dining rooms now shuttered.
Irvine-based Habit Burger Grill—a unit of Yum Brands—and El Torito—part of Cypress-based Xperience Restaurant Group—joined Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Veggie Grill, Jason’s Deli, Lemonade and Modern Market to create The Great American Takeout.
The group of restaurant operators are asking consumers to post on social media, encouraging takeout or delivery on March 24 and to continue doing so moving forward.
“This is no longer about the survival of individual restaurants,” said Habit CEO Russ Bendel. “It’s about the future of our industry. And time has run out. Together, we must act to support each other and our communities in unprecedented ways.”
Orange County has a total of 95 COVID-19 cases, according to the O.C. Health Care Agency as of Sunday.
Many local restaurant owners have pivoted to take-out and delivery models or switched to selling grocery items to continue generating revenue.
A number of restaurant companies were on a call with President Trump last week to talk about their responses to the pandemic, including executives from McDonald’s, Papa John’s, Darden Restaurants and Bloomin’ Brands among others on the call.
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