We love Miami. You love Miami. Which is why it’s so hard to watch what’s happening in Miami right now. Restaurant workers are being laid off, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.
But you should also know about all the amazing ways that Miami restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well.
We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives around the city that are giving back to the Miami community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects, visit our page here.
Multiple restaurants are involved with the Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, one of Miami’s largest fundraising efforts to help out-of-work hospitality workers. Alter, Michael’s Genuine, Cafe La Trova, Ariete, and Zak the Baker are all attached to the campaign, which has so far raised over $90,000. It will use that money for small grants to the restaurant workers who’ve lost their jobs. Learn more about the campaign here.
Grateful Hospitality - the group behind spots like Bird and Bone, Sakaya, Society BBQ, and Blackbrick - have launched a GoFundMe to provide meals to first responders and healthcare workers. They’ve almost reached $10,000. You can read more about the effort here.
Itamae isn’t open at the moment, but they’re keeping busy doing some really important work. They’re currently helping out the fine folks at World Central Kitchen, where they’ve helped serve 5,000 meals to those in need.
The great dim sum spot Tropical Chinese has started a GoFundMe to help fund their efforts to feed healthcare workers bento-box meals every day. So far, they’ve received $15,000 and have made over 1,000 meals. Learn more here.
Hometown is offering a first responder boxed lunch special: a pulled pork sandwich, cornbread, and bag of Fritos for just $10. Call them at (305) 396-4551 to place an order. The Allapattah spot is also raising money for their employees who have been laid off. Learn more here.
The South Florida chain Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is donating 10,000 pizzas to Feeding Florida’s South Florida food bank. That’s not only a lot of pizza, but a very cool thing to do.
Even though they’re not technically open yet, Overtown’s Red Rooster has partnered with World Central Kitchen to begin serving meals to those in need. They’re serving meals from the restaurant Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 4pm.
CAO Bakery and Café has 11 locations in South Florida and every Monday they’re giving out a free loaf of Cuban bread to anyone who might need it. There are no strings attached - just show up to any of their locations, ask for the bread, and it’s yours.