The struggles of restaurants during the pandemic have been well documented, as have the efforts of the state and national governments and nonprofits organizations to provide help. Less well-known, perhaps, are the efforts of company whose profits depend on a thriving restaurant industry. DoorDash, the online food delivery service, cut commissions, instituted a grant program and generally tried to work with eateries to ensure their mutual survival.
For this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with David London, DoorDash’s chief of federal, Eastern U.S. and Canada governmental relations, about those efforts. “We opened up the grant process in New Jersey earlier this year working with the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association. We got 120 winners and they were awarded grants of $2,500 to $5,000 across the state,” London said. “And they were able to do the things that they wanted to do. For instance, Gringo’s tavern in Jersey City was able to use their funds to help with rent and also help bring more workers onboard that were impacted by COVID. Metropolitan Cafe in Freehold was able to set up safety barriers with their indoor seating and also bring back some more workers. So it was a it was a great partnership that we were able to do with the hospitality alliance and we look forward to doing more creative things in the future.”