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The Independent Restaurant Coalition

The restaurant and bar community formed the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) to save the independent restaurants and bars and the 11 million people we employ — and the 5 million workers up and down the supply chain — who are affected by COVID-19. The IRC was founded on the simple belief that our small businesses have the power to affect legislative change if we unite our voices.

Our purpose is to build a sustainable future for independent restaurateurs, their employees, and the communities they support. Being independent shouldn’t mean being alone. We believe independent restaurateurs deserve a voice that’s heard, collaborators who care, a roadmap to resources, and the potential for profit. To do this work, we engage inclusively, collaborate generously, educate tirelessly, and advocate loudly.

The IRC is a  nonprofit corporation with tax-exempt recognition under Section(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For any inquiries, please contact info@saverestaurants.com.

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Restaurant Relief

Since March of 2020, we’ve been urging Congress to pass relief to help independent restaurants and bars survive the pandemic. Check out the page below for the latest updates and resources.

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Support the IRC

Your support is critical to continuing our fight to save local, independent restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19 across the country. Together we can not only save restaurants from the devastating economic impact of the pandemic, we can build a brighter and more resilient future for the industry.

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What's at Stake

Local restaurants and bars are the heart of communities nationwide. We employ over 16 million people, providing ladders of opportunity to women, people of color, single mothers, immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated. Working together, we can influence positive change for our industry and communities.

Our Mission
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Support Center

The challenges everyone in our industry face are a heavy burden to carry. Visit our support center for mental health services, financial aid and guidance.

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In loving memory of

Chef Floyd Cardoz

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