COVID-19 Restaurant Support

This is a challenging time for the restaurant industry, but we’re here to help. At Eat.News, you’ll find daily updates, news, tips and resources during the COVID-19 crisis.

Breaking News

April 1, 2020

U.S. Chamber Creates Coronavirus Loan Guide to Help Small Businesses

Small businesses and sole proprietors can begin applying on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning on April 10. Loans are issued on a first come, first served basis, so apply today!

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April 2, 2020

Federal Government Announces the Canada Emergency Business Account

On March 27th, the federal government announced the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which will provide loans with favourable terms to small businesses in an effort to help businesses to continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more here
At-A-Glance

How to turn your restaurant into a corner store

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  • Evaluate your inventory and decide what you want to sell.
    Consider common food items and cleaning supplies that are in high demand. Ask your distributor if they can supply these to you.
  • Set up your fulfillment channel.Decide if you will create a walk-in corner store, do curbside pickup, or delivery, and set up an online store if necessary.
  • Promote this service on social media and your website.
    Consider even rebranding your restaurant temporarily to include “market” or “corner store” in the name.

You can take immediate steps today. 

Here are the top three things you and your restaurant can do to respond to COVID-19. 

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  1. Update your customers.
    Let your customers know if you are open or closed for dine-in, delivery, or pick-up via email, social media, or your website.
    All Together Now launched a temporary landing page.
  2. Set up and promote e-gift cards.
    E-gift cards are a good option to bring in supplemental income for your restaurant.Square offers an easy e-gift card set up.
  3. Communicate with your staff.
    To the best of your ability, share your plan on scheduling, adjustments to pay, restaurant challenges, and unique opportunities with your staff.
    Toast shares tips on how to take care of your staff.
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