ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants)

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At ROAR, we are committed to our New York community and speaking with one voice to fight for our employees and to make sure we have an industry to come back to. Our small and independent restaurants and businesses are the fabric of the city and every county and are undoubtedly a key piece of what makes our state unique; but, without direct support, they will no longer exist.

Here's what you might not know:  Collectively restaurants employ over 15 million people nationwide. And two-thirds of all restaurants are independently-owned and not part of a big chains. Yet currently, we are not represented at government relief negotiations.

With most restaurants closed for the foreseeable future, millions of our employees have been laid off and are now filing for unemployment.

ROAR stands united to take care of the people we love, our teams who have worked tirelessly and with a full heart to bring hospitality to our guests. For them, and for everyone who loves restaurants, we want to get this petition signed.

ROAR stands united to act immediately. We know that decisions are being made right now. These decisions will shape the future in ways both known and unknowable. We must act swiftly to give our community the best possible chance for a positive outcome. Here’s is our 8 point plan to be in a position to reopen, rehire, and eventually help our community:

  • 6-month income replacement program conditioned upon full and continued employment of all restaurant staff, payment of rents to landlords, and ongoing payables to suppliers.
  • Provide rent abatement for the duration of the administrative closure followed by percentage rent through 2020 for tenants.  This must be coupled with mortgage forgiveness for landlords. 
  • Suspend state sales and payroll tax through end of year.  Permit deferral of utility payments until reopening. Mandate that fees charged by third-party delivery platforms to our local restaurants be capped at a maximum 10% of the order.
  • Maintain current State Liquor Authority (SLA) payment extensions and on premise sales allowances.  Give SLA the authority to permit businesses to open with a Temporary License in New York City while its application is going through the lengthy backlog at the SLA, like they do for applicants elsewhere in the state.  All licenses and permits such as liquor licenses, sidewalk café licenses, Health Department permits, etc, must renew automatically without the payment of licensing fees.
  • Require business loss insurance to cover COVID-19 closures for hospitality businesses. The Governor must declare that the pandemic has caused physical loss and damage. 
  • Declare that the pandemic falls under exemption for state obligations under the Warn Act, and suspend New York City’s Fair Work Week Law.
  • Suspend the payment of all insurance premiums (and, protect against a spike in premium related to COVID-19), utility payments, fines and provide cure periods to businesses for violations that do not pose an immediate hazard to the public and workers. All taxes, fees, premiums and fines must be suspended indefinitely until a thorough and thoughtful strategy can be implemented to address these payments.
  • Add flexibility to the definition of small business to allow small to mid-size restaurants to apply for aid.

We, the undersigned, believe that this plan will help us provide for our teams, and help us open strong when we are able. 

Our signatures show a unified purpose and support of our demand that Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) have a seat at the table while relief bills are being formulated and approved.  

Hear our #ROAR… we are indeed #toosmalltofail.


Founding companies: 

Grovehouse Hospitality Group

Dig Food Group



Delicious Hospitality Group

Starr Restaurants 

Momofuku Group

NoHo Hospitality Group

Jean-Georges Restaurants 

Happy Cooking Hospitality 

Officina 1397

Crafted Hospitality

Quality Branded


Nom Wah

The Bowery Group

The Dinex Group

Major Food Group

Kitchen Fund

Oberon Group

Greg Baxtrom and Max Katzenberg

King Restaurant

All Blue Hospitality

Sydell Group 

Black Seed Bagels

Grand Army


The Smile

Crown Shy

Matter House

Contra Group

Sunday Hospitality

Cafe Kitsune


Public Records

Mimi Cheng's 

Llama Inn

Wicked Good Media




Bowery Group

Tokyo Record Bar



La Pecora Bianca

Merchants Hospitality

Golden Diner


NYState Restaurant Association

Hart's, Cervo's, The Fly

Three Owls Market

Loco Coco


Mulberry & Vine

Fives Leaves

LaLou / Fausto

Emma's Torch


Vinegar Hill House

Seamore's Brookfield Place

Miss Lily's



Hunky Dory

Baby's All right



With the support of our founders, we've come together with Robin Hood and the National Restaurant Association to launch a NYC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund. This fund will directly aid industry workers experiencing economic hardship during this crisis. The hospitality industry lives to take care of us. Now, it's our turn to take care of them. Your support will make all the difference. If you can, please donate here ( and share this message. Thank you!