ROCHESTER - Revolution Taproom & Grill may have closed its door due to the coronavirus crisis, but they didn't send workers home till the popular downtown bar and restaurant donated food to help the needy in Rochester and Dover.
Owners Mark and Stacey Marchionni found themselves with a stock of food and no patrons to serve it to earlier this week when Gov. Chris Sununu ordered restaurants across the state to stop serving patrons onsite, so the restaurant decided to help the community that it calls home.
"This is a hard time for not just small businesses, but the whole community," Stacey Marchionni said. "While closing the restaurant is a hardship, the silver lining to this situation is that we were able to take the food we had and donate it to those in need in our area."
The Marchionnis, with the help of their staff, donated bread, fresh produce and dairy products on Tuesday to the Spaulding High School Raider Station food pantry and My Friend's Place, a homeless shelter in Dover.
The Marchionnis also announced that while the restaurant is closed as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, there is still a way to support the restaurant during this time.
Until they reopen hopefully on April 8 Revolution Taproom and Grill is giving customers who purchase a $100 gift card online at www.revolutiontaproomandgrill.com a bonus $25 gift card for free.
"We have closed Revolution for the time being to take part in a community wide effort to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of this virus," Stacey Marchionni said. "That said, these shutdowns will have a large negative impact on small, local businesses like ours. We ask that community members who have enjoyed a visit in the past or plan a visit in the future consider supporting Revolution and other local small businesses, so that our community can get back to enjoying good food and drink as soon as this is all over."
Kelsey Bode writes stories for the City of Rochester