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Roar FAQ

What is ROAR?

ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants), a community of restaurant owners and industry veterans with a mission to advocate for small restaurant businesses devastated by the effects of COVID-19, support restaurant workers suffering financial hardship, and help create a path to a sustainable future for the hospitality industry in New York. 


What is ROAR’s Restructuring Plan?

We are advocating for a five-point plan in conversations with government officials, which includes Payroll Tax Relief, Fair Hourly Wage Structure, Incentivize Percentage Rent Lease Structures, Protection from Private Legal Action, and SLA Reform. 


What kind of advocacy is ROAR doing?

We signed on Kasirer, the leading lobbying firm in New York state, at the end of April. They are aggressively sharing our five-point plan with every lawmaker of influence in New York state.


How does ROAR raise and distribute funds for restaurant workers?

We raise money for the ROAR x Robin Hood Fund through robust partnerships and outreach to our own networks and communities. Checks of $500 are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to NYC restaurant workers who are unemployed as a result of the current pandemic.

Through our partnerships we’ve been lucky enough to work with Lingua Franca, Tilit x Chef Supply x Staple Pigeon, This T-Shirt, and many more. We’ve been working with local artists, through our campaign #artistsROAR and other groups through various outreach efforts. 


What are ROAR’s grassroots campaigns?

  • We are launching a grassroots campaign called I Am One in a Million in which laid off and furloughed workers are posting selfies on IG to ask their lawmakers to support restructuring plans in our industry. We would love your support in sharing this message.
  • We have a petition on Change.org advocating our 5 point plan. Please take a moment to sign here.