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We are ROAR. 

ROAR (Restaurants Organizing, Advocating & Rebuilding) was born in March 2020, founded by a group of industry professionals impassioned to fight for unemployed restaurant workers facing financial hardship and to advocate for an industry in crisis. Today, it is a powerful voice for restaurant workers and the NYC independent restaurant community, providing health and wellness services to restaurant workers and advocating for NYC’s independent restaurants and their employees.

ROAR Restaurant Health and Wellness Project

ROAR’s 501(c)(3) funds a holistic suite of Health and Wellness Services to support New York City’s community of restaurant workers. We are offering therapy, financial coaching, meditation, health care, and so much more. Learn more about our programs here, and donate here

Advocacy: The Restaurant Equity Project

ROAR is advocating at the city and state levels to ensure worker equity and a secure and sustainable future for independent New York City restaurants. Structured as a 501(c)4, ROAR’s advocacy arm, in tandem with Kasirer, a premier lobbying firm in New York, is focused on securing transformative wage reform, relief, tax incentives and support for independent restaurants throughout New York to ensure the path to a sustainable future for our entire industry. Learn more about our advocacy work here, and donate here.

The ROAR Restaurant Worker Fund

In the wake of COVID, ROAR established an employee relief fund to support NYC’s restaurant workers facing unemployment and rampant uncertainty with cash assistance. In partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation, ROAR raised over $3,000,000 dollars to support NYC restaurant workers facing incredible economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. Along with partners such as DoorDash, Credit Suisse, Lingua Franca, San Pellegrino and some incredibly generous friends of the restaurant industry, we’ve been able to give thousands of $500 cash grants to the people responsible for making our businesses and entire communities the warm havens they’ve always been.