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How Dallasites Can Help Local Restaurants Impacted By Mandatory Closures

Buy gift cards, get takeout, and score merch to help struggling restaurateurs and their employees

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After city officials ordered all Dallas restaurants to close their dining rooms on Monday afternoon, diners across the city are wondering how they can best support the establishments that they love.

At present, many of the city’s restaurants are open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery service, and they’re hoping to bring in enough business to keep their staffs employed for the foreseeable future. In addition to hopping in the car or ordering via a third-party delivery app, check out this list of ways that Dallasites can help restaurants and their employees as they figure out what’s next.

Get takeout — We’ve rounded up an extensive list of Dallas restaurants that are offering takeout and curbside pick-up. From sushi to barbecue, there’s something on this list for every single craving.

Buy merch — Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth just debuted a brand new t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Family Sticks Together.” The tee is now available on the Heim website, and 100% of proceeds will benefit employees impacted by the shutdown.

Buy gift cards — Many restaurants are offering incentives to patrons who have a little extra cash to buy gift cards to use in the future right now. At Sushi de Handroll in North Dallas, diners can score 20% off the purchase of a gift card, no minimum. Expo Park mezcaleria Las Almas Rotas also just debuted e-gift cards via its website. Check your favorite spot’s Facebook page or website for more details on how to buy gift cards.

Donate to charities focused on the hospitality industry — Our national site has rounded up an extensive list of charitable organizations that are raising funds to benefit workers in the hospitality industry and restaurant owners. Check out the full list here, and toss these do-gooders a few bucks.

Donate to staff fundraisers — A GoFundMe created for the staff of MoMo Italian Kitchen seeks to raise $12,000 to help employees pay their bills while the restaurant is closed. Expect more of these GoFundMes in the coming days.

Eater will be adding to this list of ways to help out the restaurant industry in the coming days.