Whenever possible, make the trip to the restaurant to pick up your takeout in person, or use the delivery service offered by the restaurant and not by a subcontractor. Large delivery companies can collect up to 30% of the profit from restaurants.
If you can, leave a tip, as much as you can afford – 10%, 15%, 20%, The goal is to act on your good intentions, within your means.
Buy your alcohol along with your meal. Most restaurants have opened their wine cellars to customers at budget-friendly prices. And, just like when dine in at a restaurant, don't be shy to ask the advice of the sommelier!
Restaurants are in dire need of cash flow. So now this is the perfect time to buy gift cards for future use.
Support your favourite restaurant by buying some of their merch: many have branded beanies, sweaters or hoodies, not to mention house specialties ranging from preserves to homemade sauces.
Snapping a nice photo of your meal and sharing it on social media doesn't cost anything and helps to spread the word!
More and more restaurants have transformed part of their dining room into gourmet food stores. Just one more reason to go in person to discover the team's favourite picks.
As you go about your errands, remember to bring a smile and a little patience with you. Workers in the industry really need your enthusiasm, positive energy and encouragement. After all, we're the ones who should be grateful to them for all their hard work in keeping us well fed and happy!
The Montréal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund (MRWRF) has been set up to provide emergency assistance to restaurant workers in need. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Find out more here.
Last but not least, the most important thing is to order a meal! Check out our list of restaurants offering takeout or delivery service.