The community is rallying around its independent restaurants to help offer support during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Arrow Wine announced it is now accepting donations to help provide relief to local restaurants during this difficult time.
The Arrow Wine restaurant relief program also offers a reward for customers.
A donation of $50 will come with a $10 Arrow gift certificate, $75 will come with a $15 gift certificate and $100 donation will come with a $25 gift certificate.
"The reason this came about was Mif Frank of Arrow Wine said he was doing really well with business right now and he wants to help the restaurants and the employees who have helped him so much," said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. "There are restaurants around the region with workers with families who have lost their only source of income and this was a really creative way Mif came up with to try and help."
Frank, co-owner of Arrow Wine told Zahora that all proceeds will be directly donated to The Miami Valley Restaurant Association and The Oregon District Business Association to go to help local independent restaurants and workers.
"These restaurants get asked all the time to donate to the community and now is the time to return the favor and help out restaurants during this time," said Zahora. "This is a good time to support them. Get a gift card, pick up lunch or dinner. We have a lot of independently owned restaurants in town and this is their only source of income."
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Zahora said there are some restaurants that are getting creative and referenced Chef Dana Downs recent announcement with Italian carry-out at Roost, but they will need the community rallying around them in order to survive.
"These restaurants need to be supported right now. This is their livelihood," said Zahora.
Arrow Wine announced they will be maintaining their normal business hours Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. -9 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. Donations can be made at any time.
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