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The Future of New York with Tom Colicchio and Andrew Rigie: Reviving NYC's Restaurant Business—Bringing New Yorkers Back to the Table
Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef, restaurant owner, “Citizen Chef” and food policy activist, and Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, in conversation with Travis Terry, President of Capalino

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the restaurant industry in New York and across the country. Local restaurants and bars are a key component of NYC’s tourism industry, and are the heart of communities nationwide. Business leaders are trying to devise plans to revive the hospitality sector that employs over 16 million people and provides ladders of opportunity to women, people of color, single mothers, immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about what New York’s restaurant comeback looks like, including why the NY State budget’s $800 million funding for small biz, the $28.6 billion federal restaurant & bar grant program, and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are critical to support restaurants and NYC’s recovery. Many restaurants & small businesses will be eligible for new grants and tax credits that could act as an economic lifeline for establishments still navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions include:
• What does the NYC restaurant comeback look like and when is it happening?
• How has the pandemic changed the way restaurants operate, creating more of a café culture, and is this likely to continue?
• Why is it important to promote restaurants throughout the five boroughs to help revitalize the city’s tourism and restaurant industries?
• Why is it critical to balance both public health and safety concerns with the current economic and social crisis regarding restaurants?
• Why are small businesses like restaurants important and what can we do to help drive their success?
• How does our food system intersect with social justice issues and why is it important to work on food access, food justice and equity issues as we try to recover better?

May 6, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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