Spokesman-Review: Effort underway to aid bar, restaurant workers shut out of work by virus restrictions

Shawn Vestal: Effort underway to aid bar, restaurant workers shut out of work by virus restrictions

The waiters, bartenders, cooks and others who work in restaurants and bars are one group of workers who are taking a monstrous economic blow as a result of coronavirus and the measures taken to try to stop it.

That’s more than 17,000 people in the Spokane area, and their lives are being upended by industry closures that threaten to change the nature of their industry dramatically – even after the virus passes. Many food-service workers were already in a precarious position, living on thin margins in an industry notorious for thin margins.

A lot of those folks are Ted Munat’s friends, and as they enter a period of great uncertainty, he wants to help them out. So Munat, with a big assist from Crystal Bertholic, the bar manager at Ruins, Eyvind and Hunt, have set up a fund to help hospitality workers in need during the coronavirus shutdowns.

“I think everyone’s very nervous right now,” Bertholic said. “I don’t think anybody’s feeling very positive that things are going to get better.”

Munat has started a GoFundMe page, and plans to take applications for assistance from local food-service workers who are out of work or losing hours now.

To continue reading this article, head to the Spokesman-Review article here.

You can contribute to the Spokane Hospitality Industry Workers Relief fund at this website:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/spokane-food-amp-beverage-emergency-relief-fund

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