Tallahassee online movement keeps local restaurants in business

Tallahassee Foodie launches 'Restaurant Blitz'
Posted at 9:14 AM, Oct 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 09:15:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida restaurants slowly reopen in phase three, many local business owners didn't think they'd be able to keep the lights on this long.

With the community behind them, an online movement gave them the financial support they needed.

Tallahassee Foodie launched a new initiative called 'Tallahassee Restaurant Blitz'.

Every Saturday, they'll pick six random local businesses to highlight.

If you go to at least four of them, you'll be entered for a prize basket filled with local foodie stuff.

"The supporting local theme is something we want to make sure we encourage for everyone in town," JH Leale with Tallahassee Foodie said. "For us, it's restaurants, but it goes beyond that for everyone in the community."

Co-Owner of Table 23 Mandy Lemon says before the pandemic, business was booming.

She says Table 23 relies on large gatherings to maintain business, but when they went to take out only, in just one month, their business went from making more than $300,000 to only $29,000.

"It doesn't matter how much take out you do, you can't do nearly the numbers you can at the restaurant," Lemon said.

Lemon says her doors wouldn't be open today, if not for Tallahassee Foodie promoting her business.

"We had a huge boost from that, and it was just enough to keep us going. Just to enough to say we can do this," Lemon said.

The Blitz information is released every Saturday on Tallahassee Foodie's Facebook Page.