#RallyforNHRestaurants: A way to help your favorite restaurants through the winter homestretch
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For Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria, having the NHLRA in her corner helped her keep up with the crush of information that would have otherwise been impossible to navigate – like other restaurateurs, her hands were already full trying to keep employees working, and the restaurant lights on.
“When this first happened nobody knew what to do. All I knew was that we were going to keep the doors open and try to survive on take-out, and just see what happened. Every day we had to shift our sails, but all along the way, the NH Restaurant Association was the guiding factor. They kept us all informed,” Lane-Rondeau says. “Those first three months was like getting a degree in pandemic. I spent my first two to three hours every day just reading the information from Mike (Somers) before heading to the restaurant to figure out what was next.”
It hasn’t been all negative.
Both Laman and Lane-Rondeau said there has been something truly life-affirming about the level of camaraderie within the business. Both women came into the industry from corporate jobs, and say that the sense of support among fellow owners is like nothing they’ve experienced elsewhere.
“People work together in this industry,” says Lane-Rondeau who has had some #rallyfornhrestaurant T-shirts made up and will be selling them to help boost the NH Hospitality Relief Fund, which provides help to hospitality employees who are struggling due to hardship from lost wages.