Manuel’s Employee Emergency #SmallBusinessRelief

WHAT IS HAPPENING
Local, independent restaurants are the backbone of our community, and for over 35 years Manuel's has been serving great Regional Mexican food in Austin, TX. We directly employ 80 people and support many local Texas suppliers up and down the food chain. Manuel's also has a long history of generously donating time, money and food to dozens of local charities, schools, the arts, and non-profits. Now we are the ones who need help. On March 17th, Austin restaurants and bars were mandated to close their dining rooms due to COVID-19. Manuel's decided NOT to stay open for carryout business until things were deemed to be more safe, and furloughed all 80 employees at our Downtown and Jollyville Road locations.

The business model of a restaurant is completely dependent on today's cash flow to pay yesterdays bills. Invoices from 45 days ago are paid with money earned today. Per the Mayor's mandate Manuel's was closed for 7 weeks.  Owners funded the last three payrolls with no revenue coming in, and donated over $30k in fresh food to staff and the community - but more is needed. Many on our staff are still trying to catch up - and it is going to be a long runway.  Servers and bartenders earn the majority of their income in tips. And some employees do not fund unemployment through their payroll checks, so are not eligible to receive it.  We have been working every day for the last 12 weeks to stay on top of potential loans and relief programs while facing this pandemic. Yet in spite of what you may have seen on TV - little money or aid has come through for Independent restaurants and the service industry workers who help run them. Federal & city government programs are bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy, while banks, insurance companies, and SBA loan programs keep changing procedures and criteria. Many hours spent calling and filling out forms online yields little more than holding your place in a very long line, as programs are in a state of flux and systems are in overload.

WHAT IS NEEDED
Our employees need help paying for things like food on the table, rent, electricity and medicine. Some have worked at Manuel's for many years and are the good people who greet you with a smile, remember your name & favorite cocktail, listen to your problems, cook and serve your meals, and make everyday life & special occasions more memorable. If you’ve ever created great memories with friends + family in one of our restaurants, now would be a great time to express your support and gratitude.

WHATS IN IT FOR YOU
The chance to win some COOL PRIZES while helping hard-working people!

1st Prize - PRIVATE FOUR COURSE CHEFS WINE DINNER FOR 8 with Manuel's Owners at Lake Austin "HARMONY HOUSE” ($1500K Value)

2nd Prize - $500 MANUELS GIFT CARD ($500 Value)

3rd Prize - LIVE MUSIC SUNDAY BRUNCH FOR 10 at MANUEL’S RESTAURANT ($400 Value)

4th Prize - CASE OF ARCHERY SUMMIT PINOT NOIR ($360 Value)

5th Prize - CASE OF SONOMA CUTRER CHARDONNAY ($225 Value)

6th Prize - BOTTLE OF CASA DRAGONES PLATA TEQUILA ($270 Value) 

7th Prize - DON JULIO 1942 TEQUILA ($125 Value)

8th Prize - PATRON ANEJO TEQUILA ($100 Value)

For every $50 donation, you receive an entry into the prize drawing.
The more you give the more chances you have to win! 
$50 donation = 1 chance to win

$100 donation = 2 chances to win
$200 donation = 4 chances to win - and so on.
Prize Drawing is JUNE 15 and winners will be announced HERE.


Please share this campaign on social media and come by, say hello, & have a drink and a meal!

We know many others are suffering right now, too, and our hearts go out to ALL those who are being hit financially.

If you have the means to donate  to this campaign —  every dollar counts and will be used to help our employees.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Manuel's!

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#SmallBusinessRelief

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Donations

  • Caroline Enriquez 
    • $50 
    • 4 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 6 d
  • Jonathan Caspian 
    • $100 
    • 7 d
  • Maureen Haskell 
    • $20 
    • 10 d
  • Laura Still 
    • $100 
    • 16 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Manuels Team 
Organizer
Austin, TX
Manuels Employees 
Beneficiary
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