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ROAR was founded with one fundamental goal in mind — to take care of each other. As hospitality professionals, this has always been our mantra, and since the pandemic we have lived these words every day. Here’s just a snapshot of what we accomplished in our first year: 

  • We raised over $3 million, delivering 6500 cash grants to unemployed restaurant workers suffering financial hardship. 

  • We founded the first ever vaccine bus which vaccinated 50,000 New Yorkers in the communities hardest hit by COVID. 

  • We influenced the passage of key pandemic related industry-wide legislation, successfully advocating for to-go alcohol sales, extended outdoor dining, ensuring that restaurants could not be held personally liable under provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements, and pushing for PPP and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. 

We know that this has been a year of hardship and grief, and that many of you have and still are suffering financially and personally. But we want you to know this: we are in this together. We are on the ground fighting for this industry and its people every day. 


As a member of ROAR you will be part of a team that is already on the ground advocating for you, strategizing for transformative change to support the people who make the restaurant industry so magnificent. 

Here are the policies you will be supporting with your membership dollars: 

1. Restaurant Equity Project: We are advocating for a transformative legislative labor agenda called The Restaurant Equity Project, which will allow for tip sharing between front and back of the house workers, ensuring equity and operator flexibility. We will also be pushing for a suite of tax credits and subsidies at the city and state levels to ensure that our independent restaurant operators are properly supported. 

2. Restaurant Health and Wellness Project: Our groundbreaking Restaurant Health and Wellness Project will provide a holistic suite of services to support New York City’s amazing community of restaurant workers. With our first partner, COA, we are offering free and deeply discounted access to mental health support. Through our partner Oyster Sunday, we are offering a dashboard of discounted health and wellness benefits programs including preventative, catastrophic health care, childcare, massage and fitness classes, dog walking services, and so much more. 

Your membership to ROAR not only includes front-line access to these programs, but also gives you a voice in policy change and direct access to support and feedback from our leadership. You will be heard. Your problems are our problems and your successes our victories. We are here for you, to take care of each other.  

Donate here! Our most up to date calls to action are always featured on our instagram. So please follow us and get involved! 

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