Greensboro restaurants and bars closed their doors at 5pm March 17 to try and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, as ordered by Governor Cooper. Customers can still get delivery, carry out, and curbside service, but the mandated closure still leaves many restaurant and bar staff without paychecks.

At the IRC, we realize just how close many of our neighbors are to experiencing homelessness. We know that anything we can do to prevent homelessness is critical. In this instance, that means providing financial support to service and hospitality workers.

Many of you may remember the Greensboro Strong shirts we created following the devastating tornado in East Greensboro in 2018. In just a few short weeks, more than $75,000 was raised for tornado relief through the sale of those shirts. And, because we remain Greensboro Strong, we believe that we can do it again!

The IRC has teamed up once again with our partners at Triad Paw Prints to create t-shirts to raise money for service and hospitality workers affected by COVID-19-related restaurant and bar closures. Following Chicago’s lead, one t-shirt is Greensboro Hospitality United. The other shirt is Greensboro Local, modeled after the Greensboro Strong shirts. T-shirts go for $25 each, and folks can donate more if they wish. All proceeds will be split evenly among hourly workers from participating venues, a growing list that includes:

All proceeds will be split evenly among hourly workers from participating venues, a growing list that includes:

1618 Downtown; 1618 Midtown; 1618 Seafood Grille; Arizona Pete's; Bad Daddy's Burger Bar; The Bearded Goat; beerthirty; Bites and Pints Gastro Pub; Blue Denim; Boba House; Boxcar Bar + Arcade; Breakers Sports Bar; Chemistry Nightclub; Club Orion; Coliseum Country Café; College Hill Sundries; Common Grounds; Crafted - the Art of the Taco; Fat Dog's Grille & Pub; Fishbones; Garage Tavern; Gia Drink Eat Listen; Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company; Grabbagreen Food + Juice; Grey's Tavern; Harper's Restaurant at Friendly; Hops Burger Bar - Spring Garden St.; Hops Burger Bar - Lawndale Dr.; Iron Hen; Jerusalem Market on Elm; Joymongers Brewing Co.; Leblon Brazilian restaurant; Liberty Oak; Lindley Park Filling Station; Little Brother Brewing; Lox, Stock, and Bagel; MACHETE; Melt Kitchen & Bar; Natty Greene's Brewing Co.; Oden Brewing Company; Old Town Draught House GSO; Pepper Moon Catering; Pho Hien Vuong; Print Works Bistro; Green Valley Grill; Greensboro Sawmill II; Scrambled Southern Diner; Smith Street Diner; Smohk'd; SouthEnd Brewing Co; Sticks and Stones Clay Oven Pizza; Tavern Pizzeria; Tex & Shirley’s; Twist Lounge; UNDERCURRENT; Walker’s Bar, and Westerwood Tavern

To register staff of your restaurant or bar, contact:

Kerry Nance at

Donations can be made for T-shirts and stickers at

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