Nine Black-owned independent restaurants across Colorado received $2,000 grants for a gift card campaign to drive repeat business in response to COVID-19 challenges. LET’S SUPPORT THIS BUSINESSES!
From a Colorado Restaurant Association statement released on April 13, 2021.
Denver, CO – The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF), and Planterra Foods are pleased to announce the recipients of the OZO Good Relief Worker Fund Grants. The OZO Good Relief Worker Fund is a Dine Out to Help Out campaign to help Black-owned businesses and their employees weather the COVID-19 crisis.
The recipients are:
- African Grill and Bar, Lakewood
- Coco & Crepes, Denver
- Coffee at the Point, Denver
- English Dockside Fresh Seafood & Grill West, Manitou Springs
- Lucy’s Ethiopian Restaurant, Denver
- Mawa’s Kitchen, Aspen
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Colorado Springs
- Ms. Betty’s Cooking, Denver
- Southern Classic Cuisine, Pueblo
Planterra Foods contributed to the CRF’s Angel Relief Fund to divide funds among Black-owned restaurants to incentivize repeat dining through gift cards. Restaurants will use the funds to pay for gift cards to give to customers to entice them to return and dine again. Customers who visit these restaurants and spend at least $25 will receive a $25 “thank you” gift card to use at a later date, while supplies last.
“We are thrilled to be able to help this group of restaurants across Colorado,” said Darcey Macken, Planterra Foods CEO. “Planterra Foods believes these Black-owned independent restaurants are a critical part of our communities, and they have struggled fiercely in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. We want to make sure they survive. We’re proud to work with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation to offer critical support and to create momentum by encouraging diners to come back and support these places to make sure they stick around.”
“The Colorado Restaurant Foundation is thankful to Planterra Foods for its support of the Dine Out to Help Out campaign for Black-owned restaurants across the state,” said Laura Shunk, President of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation. “Restaurants are still in crisis, and they need help. This campaign encourages the public to ensure their favorite restaurants survive. Support your favorite Black-owned restaurant — or try someplace new — and you’ll get a gift card for a return visit. It’s a win-win.”
Find details and the list of restaurants at DineOutToHelpOut.com/ozo-grant.
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About the Colorado Restaurant Association
The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is dedicated to the enhancement and success of Colorado’s foodservice industry. Founded in 1933, the CRA is the leading trade organization for the state’s dynamic restaurant scene. The CRA represents, educates, and promotes a $12 billion industry comprising more than 11,500 eating and drinking establishments and 280,000 workers. corestaurant.org.
About the Colorado Restaurant Foundation
Established in 1987, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation (CRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the philanthropic foundation of the Colorado Restaurant Association. The CRF’s mission is to train all individuals in the foodservice industry and those individuals entering the industry, and provide health and wellness resources — including financial support — to industry employees.
About Planterra Foods
Planterra Foods is a new, innovative, plant-based protein start-up company based in Colorado, dedicated to bringing exceptional variety and thoughtful plant-based protein choices that are beneficial to both you and the planet. Innovation, convenience, and taste are at the forefront of Planterra Foods and OZO™. Planterra Foods is owned by JBS USA, one of the world’s leading food companies. For additional information, visit PlanterraFoods.com.
OZO™ is the first brand brought to market by Planterra Foods, an innovative, plant-based protein start-up from Colorado. Dedicated to delivering foods that are abundantly flavorful, and positively delicious, OZO™ has the backing of one of the world’s leading food companies. OZO™ dishes up foods that broaden choices and bring new possibilities to the table. Brimming with benefits for you and the planet, their foods help you eat well, feel better, and live your best. For additional information, visit OZOFoods.com.