The US Restaurant Alliance also offers a variety of external sites, presentations, webinars and blogs to help you to understand your options.

External Sites


Detail of the CARES Act

The Senate has passed a $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus response Bill intended to speed relief across the American economy.  This is the 3rd aid package from Congress and is meant to keep businesses and individuals afloat during an unprecedented freeze on the majority of American life. 

Small Business Association

What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect yourself and your business. 

US Chamber of Commerce

The latest guidance, resources and insights to protect American businesses, workers and families. 

National Restaurant Association

To ensure that restaurants have the latest information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the NRA has created industry-specific guidance for owners and operators. 

Business Continuity Planning Basics

Details on what your restaurant should do to prepare for a pandemic. 

COVID-19 Resources by State

Each state has slightly different rules and policies regarding their approach to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Paid Sick & Safe Time Laws Relating to COVID-19

The NRA's Restaurant Law Center has provided a good summary of the laws relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Official Orders Closing or Restricting Restaurants due to COVID-19

The NRA's Restaurant Law Center has summarized the official orders related to the closing or restriction of restaurants during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

Overview of the SBA's Payment Protection Program - for Restaurants

The SBA has offered a summary of their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ... a loan to help businesses to keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

Overview of the SBA's Payment Protection Program - for Lenders

This link will help you to understand the direction given to lenders (and their agents) as they implement the SBA's Payment Protection Program (PPP). 

Handwashing Infographic

This infographic can be printed and posted to help your employees understand how important it is to wash your hands to prevent the spread of pathogens. 

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing

There is a big difference between cleaning and sanitizing.  Cleaning removes food and other soils from surfaces.  Sanitizing reduces the number of pathogens on the clean surface to safe levels.  To be effective, cleaning and sanitizing must use a simple 5-step process. 



How USRA can help you today!

A quick  overview of the services that we can offer you now.

SBA loans

The good news is that the CARES Act was agreed upon quickly.  The bad news is that the funding fell short initially and that there were a LOT of administrative issues.

We assume that these funding and administrative issues will be fixed shortly and will be glad to explain how we can help you take advantage of the next round.

GPO services

The US Restaurant Alliance is now affiliated with a group purchasing organization that will leverage the buying power of our members to negotiate significant cost savings and rebates on their behalf.

Takeout, delivery & meal kits

Until dine-in service is approved, the only way for you to generate revenues is to enable customers to order online for takeout, delivery or meal kits.  We can help you set that up with recommendations and the best vendors.

Modified dine-in services

As the economy reopens, restaurants will be able to offer modified dine-in services.  We will help you to understand the recommendations and how to implement them correctly.

Guerrilla marketing

Whether you are offering takeout, delivery or modified dine-in services ... you will need to get the word out to your loyal customers and potential prospects.  We can help you with both.

Manage your cash flow

For the next year or so, restaurants will have to manage their cash flow better than ever before.  We can give you guidance on how to create a cash flow plan, how to initiate extreme cost cutting and how to calculate your breakeven point.

Increase revenues per customer

Even with a gradual reopening of the economy and dine-in services, customer counts will likely be lower.  We can help you to initiate strategies to improve your revenues per customer.

How USRA can help you long-term

Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.

USRA Webinars

Reopening the economy

Adjustments you need to make now

Adjustments you need to make now


The economy is likely to reopen on a gradual basis.  Will you be prepared to move forward?

Adjustments you need to make now

Adjustments you need to make now

Adjustments you need to make now


To rejoin the economy, you will have to make a variety of adjustments in order to balance your business with the health of your customers.  

Brainstorming ideas

Answering your questions

Answering your questions


Some ideas are easy.  To stand out from the crowd, you will have to act boldly.  Join us for some brainstorming ideas.

Answering your questions

Answering your questions

Answering your questions


No matter how much info is posted, you will still have questions.  We will do our best to answer them every week.

IRC Blogs


Their mission

The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was  formed to save the local restaurants affected by COVID-19. IRC is  founded on the simple belief that there is power to affect legislative  change if we unite our voice.

This national movement is quickly  growing and EVERYONE is welcome to join. Together, as small businesses  across this country, we represent up to 4% of the nation's GDP.

For  the 11 million people across the country employed by restaurants — and  the hundreds of millions of workers up and down the food supply and  delivery chain who depend on restaurants — these small businesses cannot  fail.

April 16th - New Survey

Only 1 in 5 restaurant owners are certain they can survive the COVID-19 crisis despite the stimulus assistance

April 9th - Increasing unemployment claims

Statement from the IRC on the increase in unemployment claims among restaurant workers.

April 6th - Over 9000 chefs & restaurateurs call on Congress

Over 9,000 chefs and restaurateurs from across the country call  on Congress to fix the CARES Act to protect independent restaurants and  their 11 Million workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

April 2nd - IFC reacts to the start of the CARES Act

The short-term relief made available through the Paycheck Protection  Program in the CARES Act will be insufficient to ensure independent  restaurants can stay open and continue to employ over 11 million  workers. 

March 27th - IFC leaders on the passage of the CARES Act

While the CARES Act is not sufficient to ensure local restaurants  survive this crisis, it does give us a lifeline to keep our businesses  afloat, pay our immediate bills and help our employees for the next two  months.