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Great American Takeout Day gives restaurants a boost during coronavirus outbreak

Posted March 24, 2020 11:12 p.m. EDT

— Tuesday was The Great American Takeout Day. Customers in the Triangle and all over the country did their part and showed some love by driving up to restaurants for takeout and delivery.

It all began with a hashtag on social media.

The restaurant industry has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus crisis. Loyal customers are still showing their support through takeout and delivery orders.

"Most restaurants will use any, take any help they can get right now," said Chris Powers, co-owner of Trophy Brewing Company.

The Great American Takeout

Powers said dining room sales made up a good portion of their profits.

"We've lost about 60 percent of our revenue as we made this pivot, which is a scary number to think about," Powers said.

Powers' restaurant, along with others in the area, teamed up for what’s called The Great American Takeout. Restaurants called on everyone across the country to order a takeout meal. Customers even used the hashtag to share their meals on social media.

"It's perfect that it's happening now," said Lee Robinson, owner of Irregardless Cafe.

The Great American Takeout

Robinson said support of this campaign is critical for the entire industry.

"Takeout is the only way to keep local businesses open right now," Robinson said. "This is our lifeline."

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Small business owners are using this as an opportunity to best serve customers in the future.

"I think it's going to change the entire industry, from the way that we serve our guests, from the way we take care of our employees and staff members," Powers said.

Owners we spoke with said it’s critical to place takeout orders. This is no longer about the future of individual restaurants but the future of the entire restaurant industry.

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