全美餐饮同业会新任主席Brian Casey 敦促新一届国会通过《餐厅救助法案》

2021-01-12 09:32  来源: 中餐通讯编


布莱恩-凯西先生(Brian Casey

*布莱恩-凯西先生(BrianCasey是 Oak Hill Tavern & the Company Picnic Company的总裁兼创办人。这两家餐饮公司都位于罗德岛的北金斯敦。凯西也是罗德岛酒店协会的两届前任主席。自2021年元月起,凯西出任为期一年的全美餐饮同业会的协会主席。

Jan 11, 2021,本周一,全美餐饮同业会(NRA)新任主席布莱恩-凯西 (Brian Casey) 向美国餐饮业界發表了观点文章,称拯救与重建餐饮业,仍需通过《餐厅救助法案》(RESTAURANTS Act)。译文如下:

2021年元月给我们带来了一种谨慎的乐观,或者说,未来一年对我们餐饮行业可能比去年的情势有所好转。

元月是我出任全美餐饮同业会(NRA)主席一年任期的开始,也是我担任两个独立餐饮品牌的总裁的第25年。而在过去的12年里,我有幸在NRA董事会任职。2021年对我、对NRA协会、对我们的餐饮行业来说,或许将是意义重大的一年。

作为一位独立餐厅的老板,我可以毫无疑问地说,我的餐饮企业度过疫情而生存下来,取决于我在2020年对企业经营的改变。一切都已经摆在了桌面上,从里到外,从送餐到采购,餐廰经营发生了天翻地覆的变化,一切都必须靠灵活应变。我们能够经受住这场风暴的考验,很大程度上要归功于整个行业的协调努力--从供应商到运营商,从独立企业到连锁企业。就像我在各种类型和规模的餐馆的许多同行們一样,如果没有最新的纾困经济刺激法案,我们都将难以挺过这个严峻的经济寒冬。

上届国会破记录通过的“疫情纾困经济刺激法案”对餐馆业来说是一个胜利。

全美餐饮同业会非常认同新一届总统及政府的规划,新的刺激法案是是支持重建餐饮业未来的 "首付"金。我们欣喜的看到,在最新的经济刺激法案中扩大了贷款额度,使重新启动的 "薪资保障计划"(PaycheckProtection Program)或 "PPP "能够提供短期救济。这对像我这样的小企业来说是至关重要的。这也给了NRA协会的团队争取了更多的时间来进一步推动餐饮业复苏基金。

新的纾困救助法案承认餐饮业受到的冲击最大,反映了我们向国会发出的80多万次直接的、草根的呼吁,希望让PPP为餐饮业服务,允许餐饮业获得比其他行业更大的贷款额度(3.5倍月薪),将损失门槛降低到25%,并允许在如何使用贷款方面有更大的灵活性,包括与PPE和易腐库存相关的支出--所有这些措施都是为了给餐饮业提供即时救助。在我的餐廰Oak Hill Tavern,我们的PPP意味着我们可以让员工继续领取工资,安全地继续为顾客服务。

此外,餐厅用PPP贷款支付的业务费用将100%扣税,并具有追溯力。对于像我这样的独立餐厅老板来说,这意味着我们这些拿了第一轮PPP贷款或将需要第二轮贷款的人,将不需要担心一直可以抵扣的支出会有意外的税单。

当你把所有利于餐饮业的法案加起来,就会出现一个框架,也就是我们提出并继续倡导的参议院版本的《餐饮业拯救法案》(RESTAURANTS Act),为每一种餐饮业经营模式提供救助--从区域连锁店、小型特许经营业主到深受消费者喜爱的独立小餐廰经营者-- 同时,这个框架将有助于支撑整个餐饮行业的重建。

面对未来一年的挑战,我相信我们有能力在团结一致的情况下向前迈进。我们的行业一直以来都依赖灵活应变、具有强烈创业精神的餐饮人而取胜。秉承这些特质我们度过了充满挑战的过去,面对现在和将来,我们持之以恒,继续前行。


Viewpoint: National Restaurant Association’s 2021 chair Brian Casey onthe stimulus bill as a “down payment” on future restaurant industry support

The RESTAURANTS Act isstill needed to provide industry-wide relief

Mr.Brian Casey | Jan 11, 2021

When the calendar rolledover from December 2020 to January 2021, it brought with it a cautious optimismthat the year ahead might be better for our industry than the last. This monthmarks the beginning of my year-long tenure as chair of the National RestaurantAssociation and my 25th year as owner of Oak Hill Tavern and The Company PicnicCo. in Kingstown, Rhode Island. And while I have had the privilege of servingon the board of the association for the past 12 years, 2021 will perhaps be themost consequential for me, for the association, and for our industry.

Asan independent restaurant owner, I can say without question the survival of mybusiness depends on the changes I made to my business operations in 2020.Everything has been on the table, from administrative changes to streamliningdelivery and from takeout options to working with suppliers to stay flexible ondelivery dates and quantity estimates. Our ability to weather this storm is duein large part to the coordinated effort of the entire industry — from suppliersto operators, independents to chains. And like so many of my colleagues inrestaurants of every type and size, without the most recent stimulus bill, ourability to make it through the winter would be greatly diminished.

In a time when Congressbroke the record for passing the fewest number of bills in a calendar year,this bill is a win for restaurants.

The National RestaurantAssociation shares President-elect Joe Biden’s characterization that thisstimulus bill is a “down payment” on future relief efforts. Most importantly,the expanded loan limits in the most recent stimulus allow for the renewedPaycheck Protection Program, or PPP, to provide short-term relief, socritically important to small businesses like mine. It also gives theassociation’s advocacy team more time to push for an industry-specific recoveryfund.

Acknowledging that restaurants have been hardest hit,the legislation reflects our more than 800,000 direct, grassroots appeals toCongress to make the PPP work for restaurants by allowing restaurants to take alarger loan amount than other industries (3.5x monthly payroll), reducing theloss threshold to 25%, and allowing greater flexibility in how the loans can bespent, including expenditures related to PPE and perishable inventory — allmeasures to deliver immediate relief  to restaurants. At the OakHill Tavern, our PPP meant we could keep our employees on the payroll andsafely continue serving our customers.

Additionally, the businessexpenses restaurants have paid for with a PPP loan will be 100% tax deductibleand retroactive. For independent restaurant owners like me, this means those ofus who took a first round PPP loan or who will need a second-round loan willnot need to worry about an unexpected tax bill for expenses that have alwaysbeen deductible.

When you add up all thepieces of the bill that benefit restaurants, a framework emerges that will helpsustain the industry while we continue to advocate for the Senate version ofthe RESTAURANTS Act that provides relief for every restaurant business model —from regional chains, to small franchise owners, to beloved independents.  

As we confront thechallenges of the year ahead, I remain confident in our ability to move forwardwhile working together as one. This industry has always depended on flexiblepeople with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. These attributes have gotten usthrough challenging times before and will continue to do so now and in thefuture.

* Brian Casey in January began hisyear-long tenure as chair of the National Restaurant Association. He is the president/ownerof the Oak Hill Tavern and the Company Picnic Company, both based in NorthKingstown, R.I. He is also a two-term past chairman of the Rhode IslandHospitality Association.


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