Alabama Restaurants Give Back During Pandemic

August 2020

2020 Alabama Restaurant Week is all about locals and visitors alike showing their support for Alabama restaurants

Although COVID-19 has changed many things, our Alabama restaurant owners have continued to do what they do best… putting the needs of their customers and staff before their own through one-of-a-kind service for their communities. Here are just a few ways that Alabama restaurants have served their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Copper Top Bar & Grill, Huntsville

The owners of Copper Top Bar & Grill in Huntsville saw a need in their community and decided to meet it. Although the restaurant closed temporarily due to the pandemic, the owners decided they wanted to feed those who were out of work and struggling financially, so that is exactly what they did. The restaurant hosted Free Food Saturdays where individuals could come and pick up a hot meal at no cost to them. 

Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham

Before the pandemic began, Frank and Pardis Stitt were used to the hustling and bustling atmosphere of their four Birmingham restaurants. However in March, they made the difficult decision to temporarily close their dining rooms, but this did not stop them from providing hope in a burdensome time. Stitt decided to fill this void by gathering chefs from each of his restaurants to create take-home meals for their restaurants’ staff members. Each meal was carefully packaged and distributed through a drive-thru at the Stitts’ Highlands Bar and Grill restaurant.

Birmingham Bake Sale, Birmingham

Throughout the pandemic, the Market at Pepper Place hosted a Birmingham Bake Sale to raise money for Jones Valley Teaching Farm. This classic fundraiser was the brainchild of Kristen Hall, co-owner and executive pastry chef of The Essential and Bandit Pâtisserie in Birmingham. This program brought restaurants, bakeries and businesses, all throughout the Birmingham community, together to raise money for this cause. Participating restaurants, bakeries and businesses included Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Bottega Restaurant, Chez FonFon, Bettola, Continental Bakery, Birmingham Breadworks, El Barrio, The Essential, Bandit Pâtisserie, Shu Shop, Telia Johnson Cakes, Dreamers Supply Company, Meredith Food Studios and Hoffman Media.

Irritable Bao, Auburn

Although Irritable Bao was closed for a short period of time, that break did not stop the owners from giving back to their community in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the large number of people in need, the restaurant dedicated a time when people could come and pick up pre-packaged meals, free of charge. 

Bob’s Downtown Restaurant, Mobile

Just like many Mobile businesses, Bob’s Downtown Restaurant temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but that didn’t mean Tony Sawyer, the owner of the restaurant, was not trying to help his employees. Tony took the signed dollar bills located on the walls throughout his restaurant and distributed them to his employees. A regular customer of Bob’s Downtown heard about Tony's gesture and matched every dollar that was given away. 

These are just a few of the many restaurants who gave back to their staff and their community throughout the pandemic. Show your support for your Alabama restaurants through a variety of ways. Learn how to support Alabama’s restaurants and the great people who work for them by visiting

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