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10 Ways to Support Restaurants in Cincinnati

a narrow city street with buildings on the side of a road We’re tired. You’re tired. Everyone is tired of staying home and masking up. The pandemic has gone on longer than any of us imagined, and we still don’t feel like we’re getting anywhere. More people seem to be testing positive, and every day brings a new round of restaurants “closed temporarily because a staff member tested positive.” Our local businesses are on life support, and the regional economy is teetering.

Rather than feeling helpless, I have compiled a list of 10 ways I can support restaurants near me:

  1. Dine out. Literally. Sacred Beast, Taste of Belgium, and Pepp & Dolores are just three local restaurants that have redesigned outside seating to offer safe, warm alternatives to indoor dining.
  2. Order carryout food, but call the restaurant directly. If you can eliminate third-party delivery fees from services like Uber Eats and Grub Hub, you put money directly into the pocket of a local business.
  3. Tip your server. Whether you eat in or take food home, tip your server. Generously.
  4. Write a review. Take 5 minutes to comment about a meal on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, or your favorite platform. Post photos. By leaving your thoughts, other potential customers can see that your favorite restaurant is open and operating in a safe way.
  5. Order groceries online, but not necessarily from a big box store. Try the Findlay Market Shopping App. Your selections are gathered from mom-and-pop businesses for you to pick up curbside at Findlay Market.
  6. Order holiday meals from local restaurants. Leave the cooking to them!
  7. Stuff your stockings with swag. Most local restaurants carry branded items like t-shirts, mugs, and magnets.
  8. Buy a Cincinnati gift box. Some of the best gifts are curated collections that support multiple businesses.
  9. Give gift cards to first responders, servers, bartenders, local musicians, hairdressers, friends, and family.
  10. And finally, WEAR A MASK. Do it for the restaurant personnel who are working double time to stay open.
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