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What We're Fighting For

Independent restaurants directly employ 11 million workers and indirectly employ 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; about 3.5% of the U.S. GDP. Congress needs to take urgent action to ensure that independent restaurants and workers are able to reopen our doors, reunite our communities, and reignite our economy as we come out of this crisis.

To help independent restaurants and workers survive this crisis, we’re fighting for Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS Act of 2020, establishing 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 at least $271 billion in economic returns (more than twice the amount of the proposed grant) — would give us 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 Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and in the House by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3).