MISE for a Cause
Throughout our journey to establish the new standard of kitchen footwear, we’ve received endless support from our culinary friends. And it’s our turn to pay it forward through cause campaigns that address and support the diverse needs of the industry, with a portion of every sale going to our cause.
We choose to champion giving back, because it’s our way of saying “thanks” for the generosity and support we’ve encountered along the way. And now, we’d like you to meet our current MISE for a Cause partner:
THE INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT COALITION
The decision to make the Independent Restaurant Coalition our inaugural cause partner was an easy one. We’ve always amplified their belief that small businesses have the power to affect legislative change with united voices.
We’re honored to announce that 1% of all MISE sales will be donated to the IRC throughout the duration of 2022—maybe even longer. You’ll find updates about our partnership with the IRC right here, on our Instagram, and in our newsletters.
But, enough about us. Here’s more information on the organization that is actively fighting for your favorite independent restaurants and bars to survive the impact of COVID-19:
The Independent Restaurant Coalition was founded in March 2020 by a small group of chefs and restaurateurs with the singular mission to save restaurants from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about the IRC’s mission and what you can do to take action, follow this link.
America is home to over 500,000 independent restaurants and bars, which supported 16 million jobs before the pandemic – 11 million directly in the restaurants and 5 million more up and down the supply chain. In March of 2021, backbones of the RESTAURANTS Act that the Independent Restaurant Coalition had long advocated for were included in the American Rescue Plan and passed as the $28.6B Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Even with this support, restaurants and bars are still struggling to survive staggering amounts of debt, rising supplier costs and the threat of permanent closure.
- 101,004 restaurants and bars received an RRF grant in 2022, but nearly 200,000 were left behind in the first round of funding.
- Over 86% of restaurant and bar owners report they will close without an RRF grant according to a survey published by the IRC.
- These businesses have a mountain of insurmountable debt that is continuing to build — 51% of restaurants could not pay their September 2021 rent.
- Restaurants and bars lost over $280 billion during the pandemic yet only received $28.6 billion in targeted relief.
- More than 90,000 restaurants and bars have closed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Our entire MISE team is honored to be giving back to an organization that champions the rights and success of independent restaurants and bars across the nation. Read about them, follow them, support them, and help this incredible organization keep the doors of independent establishments open.