Center City District pleads: Support restaurants directly through takeout

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — "Skip the dishes." "Order directly from restaurants." "Tip generously."

These are messages from a Center City District campaign running this winter in print and social media and on radio.

Philadelphia's central business district is promoting to-go orders from restaurants that have been struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.

"We probably lost about 30% to 35% of the jobs that were in restaurants, and so as we see people working with outdoor seating and all the efforts, we recognize that in the cold weather months we need to do a whole lot more," CCD President Paul Levy said.

Detail from a Center City District campaign promoting local restaurants.
Detail from a Center City District campaign promoting local restaurants. Photo credit Center City District

Levy asks patrons to tip generously for takeout food.

"Your normal thinking when you do takeout is, 'Well, I don’t have to tip.' Well, clearly we are urging people to tip generously, because the people working in restaurants have a limited volume of people coming in."

Further, he says, patrons should order directly from restaurants so that a local business and its employees can benefit the most.

Not to be critical of delivery services such as GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats, he says, but they charge a fee.

To encourage local loyalties, restaurants will be handing out red-white-and-blue "I Take Out" stickers to patrons similar to "I voted" stickers given to voters on Election Day. The CCD campaign also features chances to win dinner for a year.