A local restaurant fundraising campaign called Strong Northland has raised $50,000.
After a month of fundraising for Duluth and Hermantown restaurants, the campaign is now halfway to its goal of $100,000, according to a news release.
Prepaid $20-vouchers for local restaurants are available for purchase, with the hope they provide immediate financial support during a financially unstable time for the restaurant industry.
COVID-19 caused bars and restaurants to shut their doors to dine-in guests during the first months of the pandemic, resulting in many relying on takeout and delivery orders. Now, restaurants and bars are slowly opening at limited capacity for dine-in guests.
As many restaurant tabs total more than $20, the campaign estimates the economic impact will reach nearly $88,000 if the current $50,000 worth of vouchers is used, the news release reads.
The vouchers must be used by the end of August. They can be purchased online, at strongnorthland.com, and can be picked up at North Shore Bank locations.
The Greater Downtown Council, Visit Duluth, Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce organized the campaign.