by helpmyrestaurant

"To help restaurants assess, pivot, and find demand while developing continuity during the most difficult of times"

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who trusted in the free playbooks & resources to help them navigate the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. I also want to say thank you to all of the industry experts who contributed content and to our amazing media partners for promoting this program.

Having a task-force assembled in addition to helpful content made available in both March & April of 2020, long before there was other industry specific or government regulated guidelines throughout North America, was both tremendous hard-work and a monumental success.

To date, over 2,000 independent restaurants, bars, and cafes took advantage of this free help, leading to numerous 1-on-1 strategy sessions and a number of success stories. As more guidelines become available from different bodies of government in addition to trade associations, we feel it is time to pivot this program.

While there is still plenty of work to be done plus blood, sweat, and tears to be shed as this industry rebounds from the pandemic, we understand there is plenty of amazing resources available to you right now and we will continue to provide links to those resources.

That said, we are not going anywhere and the previous playbooks are still available to download.

The goal of the website was to provide resources not only for this pandemic, but also other means of crisis such as natural disasters. Over the next few weeks we will be implementing that phase of this free program with more playbooks, resources, and regional help.

Thank you again for trusting in us during these difficult times. If you have any questions or if you need any specific help for your restaurant please do not hesitate to reach out.  

– Doug Radkey

The Message

“During difficult times, everyone feels something; sadness, confusion, fear, anxiety, or anger. It can be easy for many to become overwhelmed with the amount of decisions that need to be made not only for their business, but for their family, their staff, and their vulnerable community.

While we cannot help every business with financial means, we can help with expert advice and free resources. The “Help for my Restaurant” task-force is made up of 15+ volunteers from throughout Canada and the USA that are not only eager to help, but are prepared to provide YOU with the guidance you need during what may be your most difficult time.”

Key Benefits

The task-force of volunteers has collaborated and put together a resource package for restaurant, bar, and hospitality venues to help them through the toughest of times; whether that is a pandemic, natural disaster, or act of terrorism. Please use this available road map and check-list to help provide guidance to you, your business, and your community.

  • How to Assess + Pivot + Provide Continuity
  • How to Develop an On-Demand Menu
  • How to Shut Down Your Restaurant / Bar
  • How to Re-Open Your Restaurant / Bar
  • How to Market Your Restaurant & More!
Doug Rixmann
Doug headshot mitten
Jason Robson
Jason Robson

Brand & Marketing Strategist

Chantelle Misheal

Restaurant Consultant

Matthew Corney
Dejan Lazic
Justin Benton
Noteable Contributors:

Dan Cool

Sysco Seattle, Inc.

Ed Bernacki

The Idea Factory

Roberto Rota

Director of Sales at Steritech

Kieran Wilson

Culinary Instructor / Exec. Chef

Joshua Wright

Executive Chef – Delta Hotels

Louie La Vella

Nightlife Ad Agency Owner


Looking for more amazing content to battle Covid-19? Our media friends have dedicated pages with even more resources for you and your brand!


Looking to join an advocacy group, petition, or program – check out these opportunities to get involved and have your voice heard – all led by other industry leaders who are looking to make a difference!


During difficult times, there can be an overload of information in regards to the appropriate government or industry related channels to contact for help. The advice is to always start within your Federal government and industry related bodies, and then regionally for State or Province help in regards to financial relief for you, your business, and your staff.

Canadian Government

Whether it is a national or localized situation, you must understand that the Federal government wants to help small businesses. From loans to answers on Employment Insurance (EI), taxes, & the right local contacts.

Restaurants Canada

Restaurants Canada provides invaluable research and insights, advocacy on key issues, and programs to keep you competitive. They will guide you towards the appropriate resources or contacts.

Canadian Hotel Association

The Hotel Association of Canada is the leading voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging industry, bringing legislative solutions to industry challenges while providing contacts and advice to help you through difficult moments.


The US Small Business Association along with FEMA have programs to help businesses in need during national or localized disasters. They will provide you the resources you need.

National Restaurant Association

Strengthen operations, mitigate risk and develop talent; Advance and protect business vitality through national, state and local advocacy; and Drive knowledge and collaboration.

American Hotel & Lodging Institute

The ‘indispensable’ resource serving, supporting and advocating on behalf of the American hospitality industry. They’re available to act as your voice to receive further government assistance.