NYC Restaurant Groups Forming Disaster Relief Charities to Aid Laid off Staff
In the wake of COVID-19 devastating the livelihoods of many in the service industry, some of the city’s larger restaurant groups are going to bat for employees that can’t get shifts during this trying time.
Major restaurant conglomerates Thomas Keller Group and Union Square Hospitality are currently working to create employer-sponsored, “disaster relief” charities that will create funds to be given to laid-off and let go workers.
Noting how the dining industry “abruptly came to a halt,” Sean Weissbart, the non-profit lawyer [and partner at Blank Rome LLP] in charge of this project told that those groups along with chef Gavin Kaysen’s Minnesota based Soigne are all on board to create the relief charities.
“Setting up this type of charity is much easier than you think,” Weissbart said, recommending that restaurants take this approach rather than just doing a GoFundMe page for support since donors can be incentivized by income tax deductions.
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“NYC Restaurant Groups Forming Disaster Relief Charities to Aid Laid off Staff,” by Alex Mitchell was published in AM New York Metro on March 25, 2020.