Philly restaurant owners circulate petition urging legislators to help their industry

Hadas Kuznits
March 25, 2020 - 9:26 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A petition from the Philadelphia restaurant community is circulating, urging local legislators to help aid this ailing industry during the coronavirus pandemic. 

It’s a coalition of restaurateurs from more than 150 restaurants in the city, explained restaurant owner Nicole Marquis, one of the organizers of the petition titled  “Save Philly Restaurants.”

"We need emergency unemployment benefits. Hundreds of restaurants have closed. Thousands of employees have been laid off,” Marquis said.

The petition also asks the state to declare a sales tax holiday for restaurant pickup and delivery, to allow restaurants to compete with grocery delivery services. 

Otherwise, she predicted, many restaurants won't be able to make it four months through this slowdown.

"We are asking for swift action from our elected officials to have a chance of survival,” she added.