Restaurant reservation and rewards platform Seated launched a hotline for restaurant operators to get advice from a team of industry professionals from CohnReznick, the leading finance and accounting advisor to the hospitality industry, and Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, the leading law firm to the hospitality industry.
Restaurant operators in need of advice can visit seatedhotline.com and submit questions. Seated is further offering a complimentary hour of individualized professional business advice via phone to any of its nearly 1,500 restaurant partners or any restaurant that may wish to become a Seated partner.
Yelp is offering $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products, and services.
As part of this relief effort, restaurants and nightlife businesses that remain open will receive free access to Yelp page upgrades, including Business Highlights and Call To Action, as well as Connect, which will help them communicate timely information to their customers. Restaurants will also receive three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Waitlist.
For restaurant clients that offer delivery and/or takeout, they will provide $100 in free search advertising. In addition to waiving advertising fees for independent restaurant and nightlife clients during this period, they are also offering support for independent local advertisers in other categories that are struggling to pay their bills.
We’re just beginning to understand the public health impact of COVID-19, and it’s difficult to gauge how restaurants, specifically, will be impacted over the coming months. What we do know is that the outbreak of COVID-19 and the effects of the public’s response will impact all businesses, including the hard-working owners, operators, farmers, delivery drivers, staff, and just about everyone in the food industry.
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