It's an annual thing. Small Business Saturday. It's a time we focus on small businesses run by families we know and love. But, with the pandemic, it's important we continue that focus past one day.
It's time we concentrate on "Small Business Everyday" and keep those we know and have made personable relationships with on top of our list when we dine and shop.
"#ShopSmall doesn't start and end in one day. We must be persistent and repetitious. Keep supporting our restaurants and #EatItUpGeorgetown." -- Jamie Sanderson
The current Covid-19 data shows we're heading in the wrong direction. And, in some states, restaurants are being targeted with restrictions similar to those put in place in the pandemic's beginning rise in the United States.
We've already lost a few restaurants locally. We've seen others struggle to stay afloat. If we as a people do not support the eateries we've come to love, they'll not survive.
Many in the culinary industry are asking their legislators to make local restaurants a priority. I hope they're listening to them and seeing the data being presented.
Please, enjoy the holidays responsibly and safely, but also do what you are able to do, safely, to support our restaurants.
To-go is a great choice for those wary of inside dining, but many restaurants have adapted to the pandemic and created outside dining areas. Litchfield Restaurant, Jimmyz of Pawleys Island, Beach Burgers & BBQ, R'Way Pizza and Family Tavern, Perrone's Restaurant, Buzzs Roost and SoCo Grille are a few that offer outside seating.
It's best to call ahead to a restaurant you want to visit and ask what they offer folks who are concerned about dining inside, and what options they provide to make sure you're able to get that oh, so good food you enjoy.
And, if you're not eating out at all, that's ok. There's other ways to show support.
If you're on social media, like the restaurants you enjoy and share their posts, like a post, leave supportive comments, tell some friends and leave positive reviews.
We can all play a part in making sure our culinary industry survives.