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New non-profit formed to fight restrictions on restaurant closures

| December 22, 2020, 09:33 AM

James King, the restauranteur who led the charge for a TRO against County Executive Pittman‘s recent order closing bars and restaurants to indoor and outdoor dining has spearheaded a new organization to continue the fight. The Maryland Restaurant Coalition is a newly formed non-profit consisting of 54 regional bars and restaurants.

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In an email sent to a mailing list this morning, King is asking people to:

  • Sign up to join the cause (mailing list)
  • Sign a petition
  • Donate
  • Share

In his email, King said ” I am proud to stand with so many other restaurant owners, employees, patrons and small businesses from across the state that depend on the restaurant industry to be vibrant to survive in the formation of the Maryland Restaurant Coalition! We are stronger together and our message will resonate if we stand united against these efforts to decimate our industry and put thousands of workers out of jobs.”

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The mission of the organization according to the website:

The Maryland Restaurant Coalition is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to protecting the rights of restaurants, restaurant owners and restaurant employees throughout the state of Maryland.

Our membership is made up of restaurant owners, employees, vendors, and citizens who support our industry. We provide information and education to the general public, fight against detrimental local and state legislation, lobby for legislation that supports our members, and protect from government restrictions that have disastrous long-lasting effects on our industry.

We are a diverse group of passionate industry workers and supporters who believe restaurants are the backbone of our communities and can change the future of the industry for the better.

Curently, the organization has 54 members and is headed by a Board chaired by King.

The new organization co-located in with Titan Hospitality Group which owns Smashing Grapes, Blackwall Hitch, and Blackwall Barn & Lodge.  It is headed by Jackie Carlton who is listed as the Event Coordinator at Smashing Grapes on Linked In.

The Maryland Restaurant Coalition also has a Facebook Page, Twitter account, and a presence on Instagram.

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