What We're Fighting For
Independent restaurants and bars support over 16 million American jobs. Restaurant workers account for nearly a quarter of all jobs lost during the past ten months, more than any other industry. Preserving the independent restaurant industry means protecting these workers’ livelihoods. The pandemic has caused an employment crisis that uniquely impacts marginalized communities including women, people of color, the formerly incarcerated, immigrants, and young people.
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 bars can reopen our doors, reunite our communities, and reignite our economy when we come out of this crisis.