"Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has the ability to comfort." Norman Kolpas.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the hospitality industry. Maybe because I am a foodie. I really appreciate the art of food. From cleaning the vegetables, cutting the meat, and cooking the meal, to plating the food. It’s all a form of art. It’s always something that I appreciate. But I think more than that, I think the hospitality industry has a special heart for me because I used to work in the industry.
food served by Sun in My Belly
Before becoming a destination wedding photographer full-time, I used to work in a restaurant. I have to say, it was not easy. After graduating from college, it was hard for me to find a company that wants to sponsor my work visa (It’s a long story. I’ll tell you about that another time). Little did I know, God has another plan for me.
My awesome boyfriend (now husband) introduced me to this restaurant owner. At first, I was just going to work there to have some money before I go home (Indonesia). I never thought that a restaurant can and want to sponsor my work visa. For you to be able to apply for the work visa, you have to meet certain requirements (certain salary, certain company size, etc.). I was so sure that a restaurant will not sponsor me and that they wouldn’t be able to sponsor me even if they want to.
Now looking back, I am so grateful for that experience and love that working in a restaurant is a part of my story. The fact that they sponsored an immigrant to get a work visa was amazing. Not only that, but also my love for food and the hospitality industry grows deeper, and it makes me appreciate the little things.
And that is why friends, restaurants have always had a special place in my heart.
How to support restaurants and small businesses during Corona Virus pandemic?
And now… We’re here… The age of Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic. In an attempt to curb the spread of Corona Virus, some states have mandated the closure of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other small businesses. I think Georgia hasn’t mandated the closure of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other small businesses, but I love the fact that these restaurants have changed the way they do business to prioritize their customer’s health and public safety.
Restaurants rely a lot on every day’s sales. One closing day can affect their rent, payroll, etc. Now imagine in this Covid-19 pandemic, they have to "shut down" until further notice. That’s a lot of days with no sales.
So, today, I want to give you the easy way to support restaurants and small businesses in Atlantain the midst of Covid-19.
Write online reviews.
Like, share, post and repost.
Comment something positive on their social media posts.
Purchase gift cards to be used later when this is all over.
And here are some of my favorite Atlanta restaurants that offer gift cards and takeout menu to support the livelihood for their restaurants and staff members during this Covid-19 pandemic. I’ve provided the direct link so that it’s easy for you to support them in the midst of Covid-19 by buying their gift cards. You can plan your date night ahead of time while supporting restaurants and small businesses in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic.
BoccaLuppo | One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Atlanta. And the fact that they're not too far from me is amazing. Their black spaghetti is to die for. To purchase their gift card, call them at (404) 577-2332. You can either pick it up or they can mail it to you.
El Tesoro | My new favorite taco + tamale shop in East Atlanta.
Lazy Betty | I haven’t been there, but it’s on my list to go this year! As 2020 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist, Eater Atlanta Best Restaurant 2019, and Atlanta Magazine’s best new restaurant, I am looking forward to experiencing their meal. They also have a Go Fund Me page to support their staff. Check it out.
Poke Burri | Literally the best poke burritos and poke bowls in Atlanta. I love the fact that they take the time and seasoned their rice :)
Simply Done Donuts | Not only they have the cutest and delicious donut, but the people behind it are the best people. They’re sweet and super generous. Now, it’s time to give back to them.
Snackboxe Bistro | I think we come here almost every week. Ha! I never tried Laotian food until they opened and they make me want to go to Laos! They’re not set up for online gift card purchases, but you can call them at (770) 417–8082 and order them by phone.
Sun in My Belly | Not only they serve delicious brunch in our neighborhood, but they also are one of the best caterers in the event industry. And yes, the event industry is also taking a big hit right now due to Covid-19.
Whiskey Bird | They bring together the vibrancy of Asian flavors with the diversity of American tastes to create dishes that embody our inventive and creative spirit. Truly one of the most creative dish I’ve ever tried. Also, the chef is one of the most hard-working people I know!
I know there are many more restaurants in Atlanta that offer gift cards in the midst of Corona Virus pandemic. But, I think it’s almost impossible for me to list everyone’s website and link to their gift cards options. So, if you know the link or other ways to support restaurants and small businesses during this Corona Virus pandemic, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I will add it to the list.
In the meantime, stay safe. Practice social distancing. Don’t fear, but spread love instead.