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'Pima Eats': County hopes to launch directory for all open restaurants amid shutdown

Posted at 7:15 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 22:15:35-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County is trying to help small businesses in difficult time by creating a resource for hungry residents.

They're hoping to launch a website called "Pima Eats," that would list every restaurant in the county still offering takeout or delivery, their hours, an address and a phone number for ordering.

The news comes via a memo from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry to the Board of Supervisors. Huckelberry says it's an effort to help local restaurants who are struggling due to a county-wide order to halt dine-in services at restaurants, close bars, gyms and other public gathering places in the county.

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Huckelberry's memo also estimates about 29,000 people are employed in restaurants and bars in the county, or about 8 percent of the county's total workforce. He also says the county has issued food permits for 4,397 businesses.

Huckelberry didn't say when the website would be up and running.

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