The businesses of The Grove neighborhood in St. Louis are coming together to support the thousands of service workers that are affected by dozens of closures due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
According to a press release, the fundraiser, "Good for The Grove," is being spearheaded by Sean Baltzell, Matt Leach and Mike Palmero of Takashima Records; Stag Beer; and The Grove's merchant group, Park Central Development. Several other restaurants are participating as well. The program aims to raise funds to support workers who are furloughed or laid off during the ongoing pandemic; the money will be used to provide financial help as well as meals until normal work schedules resume.
Baltzell – also of Tower Classic Tattooing, Parlor and Taco Circus – said in the release that he wanted to help because of his roots in the neighborhood.
Leach, who operates Parlor with Baltzell, said that all of those involved felt like they needed to help the employees that make the neighborhood thrive.
“We feel a responsibility to do what we can for The Grove’s employees,” Leach said. “A lot of people in the service industry are scared and live paycheck to paycheck already, so we want to take swift action to do anything we can right now to help them get through this.”
"Good for The Grove" has a fundraising goal of $25,000. Donations can be made through GoFundMe and are tax deductable. Nine restaurants will also be in rotation to provide meals for service workers: Takashima Records, Taco Circus, Chao Baan, Grace Meat + Three, Layla, Pie Guy Pizza, Rise Coffee, Seoul Taco and Vincent Van Doughnut. "Good for The Grove" also hopes to supply basic needs, purchased in bulk, for displaced workers who cannot afford groceries.
Other interested businesses who want to support service industry workers in The Grove can reach out to to Matt Leach.
Good for The Grove, goodforthegrove.org