More than 250 restaurants across the state of Florida will participate in Dine Out Orlando on Thursday. The initiative, organized by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in coordination with Visit Florida, will donate all raised proceeds to the OneOrlando Fund.
Seafood Shack in Cortez, all Anna Maria Oyster Bar locations and all South Florida Applebee’s locations will participate in Dine Out Orlando. Sarasota Blaze Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and Tommy Bahama locations, as well as Siesta Key Oyster Bar are participating.
“We’re happy to be doing that,” said Oyster Bar president and FRLA board member John Horne. “And as soon as we heard about the tragedy we thought, ‘What can we do to help?’ FRLA jumped on it quickly and said here's a way the whole membership can join in on it. We said, ‘Let's do our part to help our brethren in Orlando.’”
Seafood Shack pledged to donate 10 percent of its Thursday profits to the OneOrlando Fund. The pledge includes proceeds from food and beverage sales from The Karen & Jimmy Band Show in The Neptune Room Thursday night. Seafood Shack staff will also ask for a $5 donation at the door in place of a cover charge, according to a Seafood Shack release.
“Pulse is a member of the FRLA, a part of our hospitality family and we are proud to lend support,” Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, said in an FRLA release. “We encourage all Floridians and visitors to participate in this Dine Out to help the entire Orlando community.”
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer created the OneOrlando fund after the June 12 tragedy at Pulse nightclub. OneOrlando funds will be used to “respond to the needs of the community” now and in the future. “To ensure that funds are dispersed in a timely, accountable and transparent manner, we have formed a OneOrlando Board that will provide the oversight and guidance needed to support the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families,” according to the OneOrlando Fund website.
Restaurants are encouraged to participate by donating a portion of total sales, making a donation for every guest served, collecting donations from guests and staff, donating a portion of total profits, making a donation for every sale of a specific item or donating any other amount.
For a complete list of restaurants participating nationwide, visit the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association website at https://www.frla.org/dine-out-orlando/.
Here’s how you can help on Thursday, whether you’re a restaurant guest, employee or owner:
- Guests: dine at a participating restaurant on June 30 and/or make a direct donation
- Employees: work a shift on June 30, choose to volunteer your time or donate a portion of tips
- Owners: join Dine Out Orlando. Contact Dan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 850-224-2250 ext. 235.
- Anyone: send checks to the OneOrlando Fund at OneOrlando, PO Box 4990, Orlando 32802-4990 or text ORLANDO to 501501 to donate $10.
Source: FRLA press release