It's been quite a busy weekend for us.
We've made at least seven stops in Georgetown County to buy take-out and support eateries locally and traveled to McClellanville to make two more stops.
Our McClellanville stops were to Boats N Hoagies and McClellanville Diner, both of which really need the continuous support of town folk and from abroad.
The most common thoughts in providing help to our hospitality industry, specifically our restaurants, are geared towards buying. Whether it be curbside, delivery and/or take-out possibilities, we want to take advantage of what is offered to help keep these businesses alive.
More, we think of gift cards. That helps, too.
A new week brings new challenges. Everyone is day-to-day with their preparation. Some have already had to make the hard, tough decision to close until further notice. Now, that presents a scary situation.
Factoring the length of our restaurants being shuttered to dine-in customers, staffing and product availability, restaurants that close face an uphill battle in getting reopened.
Reports on the national scene say as much as 40 percent could never reopen again. Either way, the landscape will change. We face a possibility of losing a few eateries we've enjoyed for years when this clears.
I have shared via e-mail and social media a Facebook group for Georgetown County in which we can see and share what restaurant is offering curbside, delivery or takeout. I urge you all to join it, share on your social media and contribute.
You can add places you know of, share photos of food you get and do live videos encouraging the owners and chefs.
Another suggestion is cease all negative reviews on web platforms i.e. Google, Tripadvisor and Yelp. These are counteractive and pointless. They are NOT what the industry needs.
If you have an issue, take it up personally. Call them. E-mail them. Reach out privately on social media.
What the industry needs is what I've been doing for more than six years. One hundred percent positivity.
I also ask you share restaurants' posts on your social media. Even in good times, a marketing budget is not a priority, given our market. So, help them out with your networks. Share a post so others can see who follow you. Grow their reach organically. Take a photo of that amazing burger and tag them everywhere.
What the industry needs is an outpouring of support.
There have been many nonprofits that ask and ask again for donations from restaurants, participation in events. It's our turn to support them.
Those in the industry chose it because they love cooking and perfecting dishes for you. They seek out "beautiful smiles" as a deal closer for those "beautiful dishes" they create.
Let's come together and use our word-of-mouth power to keep these great eateries open, so they remember who was there for them when they needed us the most. Let's show them we can do as a whole what Georgetown Foodland has done and that's support with our hearts.
If communication ceases from our end, meaning we don't carry the message, the light will fade.
The awesome food we enjoy will possibly disappear.
Enjoy the culinary adventure, even it's take-out at home. The folks in the restaurants will thank you for it.