Known for her famous Pancake Balls (ridiculously delish, BTW), Katalina Day, the namesake behind Katalina's, is urging Gov. DeWine to consider emergency financial lifelines for her industry.
Restaurants were among the first and most devastated industries impacted by the coronavirus. Many notable local brands, such as Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, have closed most operations. According to Day, the industry needs immediate government intervention to survive.
Day started a Change.org petition which articulates the unique and specific challenges faced by the industry and the people who rely on it for their livelihood.
Addressing Gov. Dewine for relief, the petition is closing in on 1,000 signatures
"We have followed orders to close our doors to protect our communities, knowing what it would mean for our businesses, and we are grateful as citizens that you were one of the first to foresee that necessity. We did so without protest, and those of us who remain open are providing a valuable service through delivery, despite it being increasingly less profitable (as delivery services infringe on any profit)." said Day in the petition.
The petition closes with: "Bottom line: From our employees to our vendors and landlords to the burden on the healthcare industry and government, there is not a part of society that will not be touched by this crisis. "
Given these unprecedented challenges, please immediately consider:
- Emergency grants for immediate business needs such as payroll and crucial operating expenses including food orders and utilities.
- Commercial and residential rent abatement and a moratorium on evictions both for owners and employees.
- Immediate cash relief for current and laid-off employees.
- Abatement of payroll and sales tax.
- Temporary commercial and government loan payment relief.