With more than 100,000 Floridians still without power, the state is working feverishly to return to normalcy. All the while, the Category 5 Hurricane Maria looms nearby. Though Maria is not expected to hit Florida, residents are still cautious and have not fully recovered from Irma’s destruction yet.
But restaurants in Florida have stepped up in the wake of Hurricane Irma, offering discounts, ice, and even power to those without. Though many restaurants are recovering themselves, they have come out in droves to support their communities.
Hospitality businesses across the state are doing their part by offering free water and ice to anyone in need. Many have had specials for first responders or have simply offered outlets to victims for them to charge their phones while soaking up some a/c.
Some, like Tijuana Flats, have dedicated percentages of their sales to hurricane relief efforts.
According to previous reporting by Foodable, 13,000 stores of publicly-traded restaurant chains in the U.S. were in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. According the Credit Suisse’s Jason West, this is 15% of total units, meaning these chains are definitely going to see more of a summer slump.
Watch the episode above to learn more about how restaurants are responding to Hurricane Irma.