10 ways to support local restaurants

Tommy Dion

Tommy is the founder of the blog and gourmet guide Le Cuisinomane, whose mission is to showcase Québec’s local products and gastronomy. With an in-depth knowledge of Montréal’s food scene, his expertise and professionalism make him a trusted source for all the best food spots and experiences in Montréal. In addition to tasting and writing about food, Tommy also creates content for brand, always related to food and gastronomy.

This article was updated on January 7, 2021.

In these very difficult times for restaurant owners and workers, every little gesture can make a big difference. Many Montrealers are asking, “How can I support my favourite restaurants?” Here are 10 ways to lend a hand.

Note: Under the curfew in place until February 8, take-out service must cease at 7:30 p.m., while delivery is still permitted. For more details on the current situation in Montréal, click here

 

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.

Tommy Dion

Tommy is the founder of the blog and gourmet guide Le Cuisinomane, whose mission is to showcase Québec’s local products and gastronomy. With an in-depth knowledge of Montréal’s food scene, his expertise and professionalism make him a trusted source for all the best food spots and experiences in Montréal. In addition to tasting and writing about food, Tommy also creates content for brand, always related to food and gastronomy.

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