In uncertain times, it’s good to have a friend in the business. That’s why our team of industry veterans are putting together this series of tips, resources, and advice from around the restaurant world. It’s Cheetah’s mission to help you make it through the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Follow along as we try to keep up with ongoing developments
Chef Julian Rodarte, Chef Kev Ashade, and Cary Hodson are but three of thousands of chefs and restaurant owners who’ve been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, each with their own personal story. We created the #Cheetah4You mini-documentary series to make sure those stories are heard.
The series was directed by filmmakers Kostas Lazanas, chef and owner of OPA in Rowlett, TX, with help from Justin Romeyn of RedCreative films, and produced by Cheetah’s Co-founder and CEO, Na’ama Moran. Our hope in launching this growing documentary series is to give the service industry a voice, featuring restaurant owners who are trying to survive.
We are collecting stories of personal perspectives, sacrifices, and recommendations for others fighting to keep their doors open. It’s our goal at Cheetah to bring awareness to the struggles, tough decisions and perseverance of those determined to continue operating and surviving during this time.
Save a Restaurant
Among the wreckage of COVID-19, there’s lots of kindness to be found. Many people are buying gift cards and ordering deliveries to help support their local restaurants and foodservice businesses.
Chef Julian Rodarte has reported already that the support of his local community has enabled them to re-hire staff and support a busy takeout operation at Beto and Son. Thanks to mass media, the personal stories of those affected by the pandemic reach millions of people who are more than willing to help in whatever way they can.
Support has been overwhelming and yet it’s still far from providing sufficient relief to all those who are in need. To offer a more robust, organized relief effort, these organizations are working to raise awareness and get people to join their cause. Here’s what they need from you.
- The James Beard Foundation’s Hospitality Recovery Fund is asking for donations and for restaurant owners to come forward and submit their requests for aid.
- The National Restaurant Association has succeeded in helping get the CARES Act passed – Learn more about accessing the new aid programs.
- The Independent Restaurant Coalition encourages you to get involved and take an active part in helping the restaurant and foodservice industry to see this crisis through.
Share Their Stories
Subscribe to the Cheetah YouTube channel and follow our growing #Cheetah4You documentary collection to see the true stories of chefs, restaurant owners and foodservice industry workers, and share their message of strength and of hope.