These Technologists Want to Keep Philly’s Food Scene Alive and Feed Healthcare Workers

As Pennsylvania’s stay at home order will continue until at least April 30, Philadelphia restaurants are feeling the hit.

While folks can still order takeout or delivery from some of their favorite spots, many restaurants have shut down for the time being and have had to lay off staff. The state’s seen a record-breaking amount of people file for unemployment in the last few weeks, and many of the first waves of layoffs were in the hospitality and restaurant industry.

“Most restaurants have about three weeks of cash on-hand,” said Anthony Bucci, former CEO and cofounder of RevZilla.

The entrepreneur is working on one of a multitude of efforts across the region by to keep Philly’s food scene afloat. He and David Bookspan (founder of Amino and Monetate) started #SavePhillyEats, a website offering specialized services, experiences and offerings from local restaurants, a little more than a week ago.

The pair had friends in the restaurant industry and wanted to brainstorm a way to keep cash flowing into the hands of restaurant owners during the pandemic. The site hosts a collection of discounted gift cards, along with experiences and services across a wide price range (like a bagel making class at High Street on Market for eight people for $250 or a $20,000 private dinner for twelve in your home with Zahav founder Mike Solomonov).

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