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#TheGreatAmericanTakeout captivated social media on March 24.

#TheGreatAmericanTakeout movement trends on social media as restaurants promote takeout during the coronavirus pandemic

Celebrities, restaurateurs and Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality editors participated and posted to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

On Tuesday, a coalition of restaurants banded together to participate in #TheGreatAmericanTakeout. These restaurants urged consumers to order at least one takeout or delivery meal to show support for the restaurant community.

“Because dine-in meals are no longer being served at most restaurants, delivery and pick-up are the only ways to support these struggling businesses,” the coalition said in a statement.

The chains included California Pizza Kitchen, Chevys Fresh Mex, El Torito, The Habit Restaurants Inc., Jason’s Deli, Lemonade, Modern Market, Noodles & Company, Panera Bread and Veggie Grill, while various independent restaurants participated across the country.

Did consumers participate in #TheGreatAmericanTakeout? Why yes, they did.

Basketball legend LeBron James, who owns about 10% of Blaze Pizza, retweeted the chain’s plea to customers to support #TheGreatAmericanTakeout:

That post alone undoubtedly boosted the profile of the event, as James has more than 45 million Twitter followers.

#TheGreatAmericanTakeout was one of the trending topics on Twitter with over 10,000 mentions at one point.

The editors of Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality even participated in the movement.


#greatamericantakeout with @mexicue

A post shared by Gloria Dawson (@gloriacdawson) on Mar 24, 2020 at 5:49pm PDT


A sausage pie from @famouspinos for #thegreatamericantakeout

A post shared by Bret Thorn (@foodwriterdiary) on Mar 24, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT

We asked the Nation’s Restaurant News Facebook community about their participation, and they responded with some of their own stories:

We know these are hard times, especially for the restaurant community. Nation’s Restaurant News is here to listen to our readers and community. We have set up a phone number for our readers to call or text where you can leave stories and operations solutions.

Reach out to us at 718-675-5094 where we will be collecting your operations-related stories via voicemail or text.

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