Hands for Hospitality

An ever-growing list of area restaurant professionals is banding together on behalf of hourly employees who’ve been temporarily sidelined—or who’ve lost their jobs—in the wake of business shutdowns due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The group—which includes Shooters Waterfront, as well as The Restaurant People and its roster of establishments—has launched a crowdfunded initiative called “Hands for Hospitality.” Donations can made at the following Go Fund Me page: gofundme.com/f/hands-for-hospitalityFTL. Money raised will be distributed equally to hourly restaurant employees who are out of work and registered into the program (as authorized by their respective eateries and restaurant groups).

“This is unchartered territory for restaurateurs and business owners,” says Tim Petrillo, co-founder and CEO of The Restaurant People. “We all have the safety and health of our patrons top of mind—and equally so, the well-being and livelihood of our valued team members. It’s been overwhelming to see Fort Lauderdale restaurants pull together in an effort to provide relief to our employees, and we’re grateful for the continued support of our community.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the list of participating Broward-based restaurants in Hands for Hospitality included:

  • The Restaurant People (including Yolo, O Lounge, Java & Jam, Township, Rooftop@1WLO, TRP Taste, S3 and Boatyard)
  • Be Nice Hospitality (Coconuts, Foxy Brown, Lunch Room and Top Hat Deli)
  • Beer Famous Group (Tarpon River Brewing)
  • Old School Hospitality (the Quarterdeck restaurants, Good Spirits and Whiskey Neat)
  • Knallhart Management Group (The Wilder, Rhythm + Vine, and Boulevard Kitchen + Juice Bar)
  • It’s Better on the Beach Hospitality (Spazio Italian Restaurant and Wine Lounge, Café Ibiza, Rock Bar, Tsukura and Blondies Sports Bar)
  • Shooters Waterfront


“This fundraiser is meant to provide temporary support to our team members, who are like family to us,” says Aaron Abramoff, chief financial officer of The Restaurant People. “Restaurants and bars rely on a constant stream of revenue that stopped abruptly. Many of our establishments are still offering curbside or delivery food options to best service the community we adore and respect. We will continue to service the great city of Fort Lauderdale to the best of our abilities until we fully open our doors again.”

A website also is in the works (handsforhospitality.com), but it had yet to launch as of Thursday afternoon.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.