With a typical Philly attitude, our local bars and restaurants are making the best of these uncertain times and fighting for the well-being of their businesses, their staff and their communities.
We’d like to recognize just a few of these businesses, and let you know how you can support their efforts.
Oyster House on Sansom Street
Center City’s Sansom Street Oyster House had an “oyster free-for-all” earlier this month and gave their entire stock of oysters away to the public! Unfortunately, Oyster House made the difficult decision to temporarily close their doors, but you can still support them by purchasing a gift card here, and get some inspiration from what Executive Chef Aaron Gottesman’s been making at home in Eater Philadelphia’s piece here.
Oyster House’s sister restaurant, Mission Taqueria, also made the tough decision to close for now, but before they did, they donated all the leftover food in their kitchen to a local Philadelphia food bank to help those in need. Though they hope to be back to bringing you “tacos, margies, and joy in the very near future,” you can support them now by purchasing a gift card here.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
As Philadelphia’s oldest continually operating tavern, McGillin’s did not take the decision to close its historic front doors lightly. Despite the closure, McGillin’s maintains a hopeful attitude, and looks forward to celebrating with all their loyal customers at the end of this, just like they celebrated at the end of Prohibition.
In the meantime, the iconic tavern is doing all they can to help their employees and their community. They have donated the leftover food in their kitchen to their employees and to local St. John’s Hospice, and now have someone on call 24-7 for unemployment assistance for their staff. If you want to help support the people who make McGillin’s great, you can donate to the GoFundMe for their staff here.
South Street’s Bavarian-style beer hall, Brauhuas Schmitz, has been dishing out some of their best German fare as part of their Dinner for 2 curbside pickup promotion on Sundays, but they’re also donating 100% of the proceeds from gift card sales to their staff. Find out more about how to support these hard-working bier slingers by visiting the Brauhaus Schmitz Facebook page.
For Pete’s Sake
A favorite in their neighborhood of Queen Village and across Philadelphia, local pub For Pete’s Sake made the difficult decision to close on March 16th, but they still want to do right by their staff. Owner Pete Quinn has set up a GoFundMe page here to help support his employees and their families. Consider donating if you can.
How you can help
Get a gift certificate, merch and takeout
Many local spots offer gift cards or merch available for order online. Purchasing a gift card now for use later gives them the funds they need to make it through a closure. And you can do your part to rep your favorite restaurant or bar while social distancing when you wear one of their t-shirts on your next Zoom call or TikTok video.
If your favorite restaurant or bar is offering takeout, consider picking up dinner (and a six-pack or two), or evaluating your delivery options.
And if your favorite local spot doesn’t or isn’t able to offer gift certificates or merch, see if they have an opportunity to donate to a staff fund instead. Your support means so much, now more than ever.
Sign a petition
Leading Philadelphia restauranteurs, representing 150+ independent restaurants, have rallied together to send a petition to Pennsylvania’s elected officials asking them to bring relief to the Philadelphia restaurant scene. You can read their five-point plan for immediate relief and sign the petition here.
Follow your favorite restaurants for info
While we’ll do our best to keep you updated, the best way to keep up-to-date with what services your favorite restaurants and bars are offering is to follow them on social media, sign up to receive their online newsletter or just give them a call. Remember to let them know how much you care; we’re all in this together, folks!
Let us know
Do you have more stories of local establishments doing whatever they can for their staff and their community during this turbulent time? Let us know and we’ll add them to our series. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @DraughtLinesMag.