Metro Detroit businesses set up GoFundMe campaigns to help employees

Posted at 7:25 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 19:25:34-04

(WXYZ) — Several metro Detroit businesses have set up GoFundMe campaigns to help raise money for employees. It kicked off with bars and restaurants after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closure of dine-in services across Michigan.

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Bobcat Bonnie's Owner Matt Buskard said that the economics of doing delivery or carryout would never work, as it would not generate enough income to cover bills and rent.

He said that for the time being, the restaurant's priority is the staff and making sure they are taken care of.

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"These folks are feeling insanely scared – and unsure," Buskard said. "In a matter of three days, their whole livelihoods changed in an instant."

We're going to keep a running list of places that have GoFundMe campaigns and link to them if you feel like donating. If you own a business and have a GoFundMe set up, please email

Parc Detroit
Dessert Daddy
Cuisine Employee Support Fund
Two James Staff
Pronto! Restaurant and Video Bar
One Under Craft Beer & Eats
Street Beet
Bad Brads BBQ
Avalon Cafe & Bakery
The Heidelberg Bar, Agave Tequila Bar, & Siris Cigar Bar
Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery/Mash Bar
Froze Creamery Clawson
Ready Player One
Bangkok 96 Street Food
Bobcat Bonnie's
Folk Detroit
PJ's Lager House
Batch Brewing Company
Brooklyn Street Local
Red Rock Downtown BBQ
Motor City Brewing Works
Smokestreet BBQ of Milford
D’amatos and Iron Horse
The Pretzel Bell
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery in Detroit
Dye Salon in Ferndale