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Rally for Tally continues to help local businesses amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 12:27 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 00:27:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Restaurants all around Tallahassee are getting some much needed local support.

For the second time since the start of the pandemic, local campaign Rally for Tally has put a spotlight on local gems here in the area.

"Definitely seeing new faces, it seems like now more people are trying to come and support."

Luis Guerrero owns Great Plates in Tallahassee.

With COVID-19 changing everything he was a bit worried about his business.

He says campaigns like Rally for Tally gives places like his get more exposure...inspiring people to eat somewhere they may not have tried.

"People have been trying to support even if they can't make it to the restaurant they've been buying like gift cards online so they give to people. However they can support their community,"said Guerrero.

That same spirit of giving was seen at one of David Gwynn's restaurants.

As an owner of three restaurants, Gwynn says finances are tight but people in the community are stepping up.

"It just makes you well up with pride and tears when someone walks in your restaurant and says hey I want to do what I can to help I want to buy two-thousand dollars worth of gift certificates. Or I want to contribute or sow 100 dollars into your employees just to tip,"said Gwynn.

While people are giving to restaurants, those same restaurants are looking to help local bars and pubs.

Many of those local bars and pubs are struggling to stay afloat due to restrictions.

"I really hope this is something that we are able to do for all our friends at the bars who got shut down again," said Jeri Madden, owner of Jeri's Cafe.

Madden says she's apart of a group looking to make that happen.

Her hope like many others to keep as many local businesses open to serve the community another day.

"Tallahassee has been amazing to us, so I can't wait to start giving back again," said Madden.