What We're Fighting For
Independent restaurants directly employ 11 million workers and indirectly support 5 million more up and down the food and hospitality supply chain. We are small businesses, but we have a big impact on the economy, playing a key role in the restaurant industry, which totals $760 billion in sales annually, or about 3.5% of the U.S. GDP. Congress needs to take urgent action to ensure that independent restaurants and workers can reopen our doors, reunite our communities, and reignite our economy when we come out of this crisis.
To help independent restaurants and workers survive this pandemic, we’re fighting for Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS Act of 2020. This bill would establish the $120 billion Independent Restaurant Revitalization Fund geared toward assisting small restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Revitalization Fund — which would generate up to $271 billion in economic returns (more than twice the amount of the proposed grant) — would provide us with the resources and support we need for the challenging months and years ahead.
The RESTAURANTS Act was introduced on a bipartisan basis in both the Senate by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and in the House by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 1).