Byron venues band together to help Melbourne’s hospitality industry

Restaurants, bars and cafes across Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers are joining forces with an initiative which spans various venues to raise awareness and support for Melbourne’s hospitality industry.

From November 6, venues are invited to provide much needed donations via hospitality relief charity Tip Jar.

Tip Jar founder Michael Bascetta says it is great to see the support from the hospitality industry outside Melbourne.

“The funds will go directly towards saving our great Australian hospitality industry and the people in it,” Bascetta said.

“If even just a fraction of Australia donates just a $10 tip, we’ll be able to immediately begin helping those individuals who need it most right now. If there was ever a time to give a tip, it’s now. Restrictions are lifting but we are still at limited capacity, with a huge number of people at risk of not receiving their previous standard working hours.”

So far, the chef and restaurant line-up includes David Moyle (Harvest Newrybar, Barrio Eatery & Bar), Jason Saxby (Raes at Wategoes), Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks), Josh Lewis (Fleet), Ben Devlin (Pipit), David Lovett, Jason Barratt (Paper Daisy), Giorgio Ravelli (Cadeau) and Wal Foster-Eyles (Natural Ice-cream Australia).

Tristan Grier, co-owner of Harvest Newrybar, said that by joining forces as a region “we can help those affected by the COVID restrictions in Melbourne”.

“By spreading the news quickly, we can encourage more restaurants and chefs to get involved – from Byron to the Northern Rivers, and beyond,” he said.

Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Melbourne Food and Wine, says this year has shown “that Australian hospitality takes its duty of looking after people well beyond the table, the kitchen and the bar”.

“Right from the start of the year, hospitality people were among the first to swing into action raising money and feeding people affected by the bushfires and now, in the thick of a global health crisis, even as hospitality faces its biggest challenges in living memory, the first instinct from people in the trade is to ask how they can help out others who are doing it tough,” she said.

Donate to #ByronForMelbourne here.