Ways You Can Help the Restaurant Industry During COVID-19 Lockdown


All around Australia, restaurants and cafes are suffering as a result of the social distancing measures put in place by the government in an effort to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Of course, these are necessary measures, and you bet we’re complying and staying at home (day seven over here), but our hearts well and truly go out to those establishments that make up the DNA of our beloved neighbourhoods. And so we’ve been trying to help any way we can.

Most recently, it is the advice and government to shut down all non-essential services in New South Wales as we enter a lockdown period. Under these new measures, cafes and restaurants will be able to operate, but will only be able to offer takeaway and food delivery services. This means no eating in, and no hanging around other than to pick up.

If you have the means, please consider supporting your local favourites in this time, who will no doubt be feeling the continued crunch in the coming months. Here, we’re letting you in on all the ways you can support the cafe and restaurant industry in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dine at home

Expand your takeaway horizons and consider ordering in from your favourite local cafe, the fine-dining establishment you’ve always wanted to try, and everywhere else in between.

Restaurants offering takeaway include:

Bella Brutta in Newtown

Big Poppa’s in Darlinghurst

Brickfields Bakery, Chippendale

Bourke Street Bakery, various locations

Chargrill Charlies, various locations

Continental Deli, Newtown

Nakano Darling in Haymarket

El Jannah, various locations

Farmhouse, Kings Cross

Fei Jai & Dumplings Next Door, Potts Point

Fishbowl, various locations

Fratelli Fresh, various locations

Kitchen By Mike, Sydney

Lucio’s Italian Restaurant in Paddington

Marta, Rushcutters Bay

Mary’s, various locations

Nomad, Surry Hills

No 92 in Glebe

Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Porch and Parlour, Bondi Beach

Prince of York, on the road (follow Instagram for updates)

RaRa Ramen, Redfern

Reuben Hills, Surry Hills

Ryo’s Noodles, Crows Nest and Bondi Junction

Shenkin, various locations

Shift Eatery, Surry Hills

The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington

Tokki, Surry Hills

Three Blue Ducks, various locations

Upper East Side, Bondi

West Juliett, Marrickville

10 William St, Paddington

Buy a voucher

Restaurants and cafes may be offering vouchers, some of which may even have increased value upon redemption to help staff get paid now and encourage diners to visit once social distancing recommendations have been lifted down the line.

Contact your favourite local restaurant via its contact page or Instagram to enquire.

Buy a cookbook

You’re already getting over pesto pasta every night, so why not learn how to cook new things and support your local chefs and restaurants by purchasing their cookbooks?

A vast number of Aussie chefs and restaurants that include the likes of Cornersmith and Kepos Street Kitchen have cookbooks with recipe collections and advice for cooking their beloved feasts at your place.

Bulk buy from your cafe

Buying one meal from your neighbourhood cafe is a great way to show your support, but if you have the means (and the fridge/freezer space), why not ask your local to whip up a bunch of meals for you in bulk?

Buy a batch of bolognese, a litre of soup, and a hearty vego stew, and you’ll be fed lunch and dinner for your entire week.

Buy readymade meals

Pasta, potatoes, flour; they’re all flying off the shelves. But in the flurry to secure foods for isolation, it would seem many are neglecting to choose foods that cater to our nutritional needs.

In these times, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy and balanced diet to keep immunity up. Ready-made meals like those from Thr1ve can help keep diet as a priority, and are particularly helpful for those not as confident in the kitchen.

Nutritionists and chefs work to design and prepare the meals using seasonal and fresh Aussie produce, which are then delivered free to your door and ready for the fridge.

Buy merch

Restaurant merch is cool! It makes you feel like part of the team, and when you buy items like T-shirts, you’re directly supporting the establishment along with the graphic designer who mocked up the design.

And if it’s not a T-shirt, some restaurants and cafes will let you purchase their secret sauces, condiments or spices. Bars like Continental Deli will allow you to buy their signature cocktails in a can, while Cornersmith lets you purchase pickled goods and preserving equipment.

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