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How You Can Help the Food + Drink Business in Austin Right Now


Since our last blog post regarding the COVID-19 virus, from March 13, 2020, we have seen the #socialdistancing phenomenon emerge, a recommendation to limit gatherings to 50 people and then to 10 people, and now we just have to stay inside. We’ve seen the closure of “non-essential” businesses across the country and already, we are seeing business closures and grocery store droughts happening across Austin. The City of Austin recently prohibited gatherings of over 10 people inside and outside (with the exception of governmental, educational, and medical spaces) and sit-ins at restaurants, bars, cafes, etc. Businesses are limited to providing to-go services only. Because Austin is a major hub for the food and drink industry, especially during the SXSW season, local businesses are suffering more than ever. As Austinites, we want to help as much as possible.

You Can Donate Here:

  • Stand With Austin Fund – created to receive charitable donations to support nonprofits assisting individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW.
  • Austin Virtual Tip Jar – this Google Spreadsheet includes Venmos and Paypals of service industry workers in Austin who’ve been furloughed or let go by their places of employment.
  • The Central Texas Food Bank – we recognize that not everyone holds the privilege to dine out. Consider donating to a local food bank as well, so that everyone can be fed.

Eater National has a comprehensive list of relief funds for restaurant, bar, and food service workers.

Got a particular business in mind? Check their website or social media for info on how to support them!

Shop Local Businesses that are Still Open

Many businesses remain open through to-go orders, delivery, and curbside pickup. Now is the time to treat yourself and support some of your favorite local businesses a well! Here is a list of local restaurants offering takeout and delivery. Remember to be extra courteous to service industry workers during this difficult time. If you have the means, consider being a part of the #tipfortwo movement, it’ll certainly make someone’s day!

For more info on local food + drink spots and their current deals, check out this article by Eater.

Whether your favorite businesses are open or not, you can support them by buying a gift card now, to use for later. This will ensure some cash flow to provide immediate relief. You can buy a gift card directly through Give Local’s list of restaurants on their website.


Time and time again, Texans have proven to band together. Like our honorary Austinite, Matthew McConaughey, has said, “Every red light eventually turns green.” We encourage you to shop local, be kind, and stay optimistic. If you are a business needing any marketing assistance during this time, we’re here to help.

If you have any suggestions on how HMG Creative can help our city out, shoot us an email at [email protected]