The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has announced a new campaign called “Thanksgiving To Go: A Takeout Tradition” as the holiday approaches and restaurants in the state remain closed to dine-in customers. The association has released the following:
The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) introduces Thanksgiving To-Go: A Takeout Tradition in response to new restrictions limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery options to serve guests. The MRLA is promoting Thanksgiving takeout offerings as a public convenience while increasing revenue opportunities for restaurants and hotels.
“The holiday season is usually the busiest time of the year for the hospitality industry, and Thanksgiving plays a big role,” said Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the MRLA. “This year, dining rooms and banquet halls remain empty—a sad site for employees who look forward to serving guests and count on their paychecks, and for operators who depend upon revenue from holiday dining to sustain their businesses after the new year.”
Restaurants and hotels around the state have created special Thanksgiving To-Go menus for groups of two or more, ranging from prepared meals and meal kits, to build-your-own-meal options
“We implore everyone to show gratitude for their favorite restaurants this holiday season by getting Thanksgiving to-go. Ordering take-out could make the difference between a restaurant keeping their doors open or closing their doors permanently,” added Winslow.
The public can view Thanksgiving To-Go: A Takeout Tradition options around the state at mrla.org/thanksgivingtogo. The MRLA is continuing to add participating hotels and restaurants to the website. MRLA hotel and restaurant members can sign up to participate at mrla.org/thanksgivingtogo.