We have had an exciting week at both Craigie on Main as well as at our growing coalition Massachusetts Restaurants United. The coalition hosted a tremendous town hall meeting with guest panelists Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley along with Tom Colicchio, Chef, TV personality and founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition. We talked about the very real challenges restaurants are facing and will continue to face moving forward, especially without more substantial and restaurant-specific aid. Some facts for you all to consider:
Nearly one third of ALL the jobs in the US lost because of the pandemic are in the restaurant industry
Two-thirds of all restaurant workers in this country have lost their jobs since mid-March
80% of all independent restaurants surveyed are uncertain whether retooling to offer delivery and take out would be able to sustain them through the duration of Covid 19
And yet, only 9% of federal PPP funds have gone to our industry, and the Center for Responsible Lending estimates that over 90% of businesses owned by women and, or people of color have been shut out of the PPP.
Closer to home, in Massachusetts:
About 1 in 10 jobs here are in restaurants and food service.
Restaurants directly contribute about $19 billion to the local economy and about $35 billion indirectly.
But we also know that most of the Covid hot spots in our state are in the communities where so many of our employees live, so our ability to reopen safely is going to be severely impacted--why?
Eight weeks ago we didn’t have any of these statistics, we just knew that our small businesses were not going to survive any sort of extended shutdown.
So what’s at stake?
What’s at stake is saving not just our small independent businesses, our employees and their jobs, but also the personality of a neighborhood, that gathering place that is the hub of a community. And we cannot forget the spokes of our communities: the fisherman, farmers, vendors and distributors, and all of the related industries and businesses that help make us go.
We may not have big business budgets and loads of capital. We are not politicians or lobbyists. But we have all learned from our years in this industry that we are the heart and soul of so many communities and that the squeaky wheel gets the most oil. So we ask you all to continue to support us by buying meals from us and also supporting the Massachusetts Restaurant United (website coming soon) and Independent Restaurant Coalitions.
And follow us on social media to continue to be updated on what we are up to as we fight to save our small businesses and communities that rely on them.
Here is a tangible way to support us this week… our weekend specials!!!
Cauliflower and Buttermilk Vichyssoise $14
(Served cold, you heat it up)
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder and House-Made Bratwurst Sausage $26
Spicy tomato, kale and white bean stew
Spice-Rubbed Bavette Steak $32
Braised oxtail, garlic-roasted potatoes, baby rapini, ramp chimichurri
Spring-Dug Parsnip Panna Cotta $12
Fresh cherries, coriander & cashew granola
And buy now for your weekend brunch…
Craigie Bloody Mary Mix $12
Just add your favorite vodka or tequilla
Wine Picks of the Week:
2016 Ganevat Trousseau "En Billat" Côtes du Jura $65
2017 Francois et Antoine Jobard Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy $48
As always, view our daily to-go menu here.
Place your orders here for pick-up and here for delivery 5pm-7:30pm Wednesday - Sunday.
Thank you for your continued love and support, we hope to see you soon!
In safety and health and with great appreciation,