Why Safe Eats?

The restaurant industry faces two enormous challenges:

Financial + Health & Safety

Restaurants have been closed for months, unable to generate revenue, and are now faced with the daunting task of reopening into the tailwind of a pandemic – so much uncertainty, so much risk and so much fear.

SAFE EATS is a not-for-profit organization*, created to support the restaurant industry by providing access to health and safety best practices streamlined into one place, live clinical support, a reopening manual and a trustmark-backed media campaign to promote and validate the work our members are undertaking to keep everyone safe.

SAFE EATS restaurants are ready to meet the moment & build a safe future together.

*Safe Eats, Inc. is in the process of applying for federal tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) public charity and if this designation is granted, then the full amount of any contribution will be deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Mission and Action Pillars

MISSION

Enable restaurants to create experiences that are safe and feel safe.

ACTION PILLARS

  1. Improve restaurant safety by providing a single source for best practices, expert advice and operational tools.
  2. Generate awareness of The Safe Eats Pledge and Trustmark among guests.
  3. Provide restaurants with communications materials featuring the Safe Eats Trustmark to showcase their participation in Safe Eats.

GOAL

Make the restaurant experience safer and enjoyable for everyone.

Founder's Note

Carlos Suarez, Founder, Casa Nela Restaurant Group

Carlos Suarez, Founder, Casa Nela Restaurant Group

Yann de Rochefort, Founder and CEO, Boqueria Restaurant Group

Yann de Rochefort, Founder and CEO
Boqueria Restaurant Group

Yann and I were both spending so much time trying to stay on top of all the latest covid guidelines. By last count we were monitoring over a dozen agencies. We were totally stressed about our ability to navigate our businesses through the health crisis – and had a thought,

What if we there was a single source for safety guidelines that we could rely on? How great would that be for us. How great would that be for our industry!

So we set out to find the best health & safety experts in the business to develop a covid-19 toolkit for operators to navigate the challenges ahead, and we’ve worked with the design gurus at Love & War to create a trustmark window decal to signify your restaurant’s membership in Safe Eats – and your commitment to public safety.

We hope that by using these tools and displaying the trustmark your staff and guests will be safer and feel more confident about your ability to keep them safe. We hope that this confidence drives business to your door, and cash back into your business.

It’s going to be a difficult road ahead, but together we can help each other persevere, as only restaurant people can.

Carlos & Yann

FAQ

HOW MUCH IS MEMBERSHIP?

Membership to Safe Eats costs $69/month. This includes membership to Zedic (standard price – $99/month). Click here to see membership benefits.

DO I NEED TO BE CERTIFIED TO BECOME A MEMBER?

Safe Eats members must take the pledge and commit to upholding best in class health and standards within their restaurants. Safe Eats reserves the right to withdraw membership to restaurants found to be in violation of this agreement.

ARE YOU A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION?

At the moment, Safe Eats is applicable for restaurants in New York State. However, through our partnership with Zero Hour Health, Safe Eats plans to offer membership to all 50 states soon.

WHO ARE YOUR FOUNDERS?

Carlos Suarez (Casa Nela Restaurant Group). Co-founders include Yann de Rochefort (Founder, Boqueria Restaurant), Roslyn Roslyn Stone (COO, Zero Hour Health), Lois Najarian O’Neil (Founder, The Door), Nandu Awatramani (Executive Coach), Dan Pollock (CPO, Zero Hour Health) and Rachel Kornafel (VP, Marketing Boqueria).

DO YOU OFFER HEALTH ADVICE BEYOND COVID-19?

While founded during the Covid crisis, Safe Eats is a comprehensive health and safety organization. We provide best practices and expert advice (through the Zedic app) to combat the breadth of health and safety challenges a restaurant may experience.

HOW WILL GUESTS FIND OUT ABOUT SAFE EATS?

Safe Eats will execute a multi-channel campaign (PR, social, e-mail) designed to drive awareness of the Safe Eats pledge and its members. Additionally, signage featuring the SE Trustmark will be displayed at Member Restaurants.

HOW WILL SAFE EATS HELP MY BUSINESS?

Safe Eats provides solutions to overcome the financial and health and safety challenges all restaurants face:

1. Financial Challenges

Safe Eats Solutions

A. Closed for months, zero positive cash-flow.

SE Covid-19 toolkit enables you to start generating sales safely again.

B. How to survive operating at 50% capacity?

SE trustmark will differentiate your business and drive demand.

C. Off-premise check average is a fraction of dine-in.

SE drives diners back to in-store dining vs. off-premise.

D. When will we get back to 100% capacity?

Safer restaurants will accelerate the timeline to 100% capacity.

E. How do I convince diners that it’s safe to eat in my restaurant?

SE trustmark and your pledge communicate your commitment safely.

1. Health & Safety Challenges

Safe Eats Solutions

A. We spend all our time trying to keep up with the latest safety requirements.

SE app provides a single sources for the latest health & safety guidelines.

B. What are the safety best practices above and beyond what is required?

SE compiles best practices from best in class operations across the country.

C. I need help developing operational tools to roll out to all these safety practices.

SE manuals includes SOPs, training materials, and operational checklists.

D. How do we conduct and track health screenings?

SE app includes a digital wellness screening tool.

E. What do I do if an employee is sick?

SE app provides an exclusions chart and live clinical support.