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.
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.
ROAR Restaurant Health and Wellness Project
With the pandemic waning, ROAR is now in the process of creating a 501(c)(3) to fund a holistic suite of Health and Wellness Services to support New York City’s community of restaurant workers. The vision is to offer deeply discounted (or free) health care, mental health care, financial planning services, and much more.
Advocacy: The Restaurant Equity Project
Coupled with supporting our people with direct health and wellness services, 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.