Lackawanna College Partners with Local Organizations to Aid Local Restaurants

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Lackawanna College, in partnership with the City of Scranton and Scranton Tomorrow, announced Rally for Restaurants, an initiative to support local restaurants that are struggling due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Lackawanna College’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams, will open its doors to participating restaurants free of charge, including the use of their outdoor patio with heated tents, access to their kitchens, student chefs, wait staff, food and beverages. All proceeds from meals purchased during Rally for Restaurants will go directly to that night’s participating restaurant to help offset funds lost due to capacity restrictions. Additional funds are raised through direct donations and sales from Rally for Restaurants t-shirts.

“Our local restaurants are doing their best to operate during COVID-19 while keeping their patrons safe,” said Lackawanna College President Jill Murray. “Unfortunately, this pandemic has caused a decline in or a loss of business for many of our restaurants. Lackawanna College’s goal is to offset the immediate costs that the industry has suffered to help get these restaurants back to business and reinvigorate our local economy.”

Local restaurants participating in Rally for Restaurants will also give students in Lackawanna College’s Kiesendahl School of Hospitality the chance to learn from some of the area’s top chefs. Participating restaurants will follow program curriculum and work with student chefs to create and serve menu items.

Rally for Restaurants will begin Sept. 29 with seatings from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. All guests must conduct self-screening through CampusClear at campusclear.com before arriving at 409 on Adams and follow masking and social distancing guidelines.

Those wishing to donate to Rally for Restaurants can visit Lackawanna.edu/rally. All donations will help offset expenses forRally for Restaurants and remaining funds will be shared with the participating restaurants.

For more information, reservations and menus for Rally for Restaurants, visit Lackawanna.edu/rally.