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#TakeoutTuesday: Customers order in to help struggling restaurant industry through coronavirus pandemic

Posted: 4:28 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 17:51:35-04
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TAMPA, Fla.— Restaurant workers can’t stress their thanks to customers enough.

“It pains me to think I might have to go to somebody and say, 'hey listen, I’m not going to be able to keep you,” said Wright’s Gourmet House owner Jeff Mount. "I don’t want to be there. These are good folks. They deserve better.”

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Mount’s restaurant is one of the many struggling during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Every day is takeout day for us,” said Mount.

This Tuesday, in particular, is the #GreatAmericanTakeout, a nationwide movement to order at least one meal from a local restaurant. At ABC Action News, we are asking people to join in on #TakeoutTuesday.

La Segunda Bakery in Tampa has seen a 40% drop in sales and retail.

“La Segunda has been around for 105 years,” said owner Copeland More. "My great grandfather made it through the Great Depression, I think we’ll survive through this.”

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Mike Calta, radio host of the Mike Calta Show, came up with another movement. He’s highlighting local hospitality workers on social media and giving people a chance to virtually tip.

“Financially, these places are going to collapse, and obviously, we can’t help everyone,” said Calta. “But if everyone does just a little bit to help somebody, we can keep a lot of these people afloat.”