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Detroit Restaurants Partner to Offer Pay-What-You-Can Meals on Small Business Saturday

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The owners of Batch Brewing Company, Felony Provisions, and the Detroit BBQ Company are working together on Saturday November 28th to offer a meal you can pay for to service workers and anyone in need.

“When you hear that the service industry is suffering, you must realize that it is much more than just property owners who are struggling to pay their rent. The waiters, line chefs, dishwashers, security guards and everyone who makes a restaurant work, ”said Stephen Roginson of Batch in a press release.

From 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, sometimes referred to as Small Business Saturday, anyone can visit the Batch Brewing Company in Corktown for a free roast pork and vegetable. Meals are distributed via a socially distant line with required masks. You are welcome to eat on the terrace or take the meal away. Visitors will receive a free meal unless they say they have the funds to make a donation to the program.

The hotel industry has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the shutdowns usually focus on common rooms where people remove their masks – for example when eating or drinking. At the same time, capacity limits have made it more difficult for restaurants to make a profit or break even. A three-week indoor eating hiatus went into effect in Michigan on Wednesday, November 18, sparking a new wave of layoffs across the state. Unlike the spring, many of the programs and grants that were available to support those financially affected by the pandemic are obsolete or imminent, and Congress will be stalled if a new stimulus package is passed.

“This second shutdown is only planned for three weeks, but it feels more difficult than the first. Without government unemployment benefits, the layoffs that are taking place as a result of this latest COVID spike will all hit us hard, ”Rece Hogerheide, owner of Felony Provisions, said in a statement.

Tim Idzikowski of the Detroit BBQ Company’s food trailer said in a statement that he hopes the food will bring people relief. “It’s not much, we’re making a free meal for people financially affected by COVID, but we can do it. We should do that. And if it helps a little, even for an afternoon, then it’s absolutely worth it, ”he says.

For more ideas on tackling food insecurity, see Eater Detroit’s Guide to Mutual Aid and Food Aid Programs.

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