Due to the financial impact that COVID-19 is having on local businesses and the local restaurant community, La Vida Hospitality announced mid-week that it is offering for 100 percent of online gift card sales to be dispersed among their staff members that have been affected by the partial closures and shutdowns. La Vida Hospitality is the managing partner of Crooked Hammock Brewery, with two locations, in Lewes and Middletown; Big Chill Beach Club; Taco Reho; Big Chill Surf Cantina; and Fork + Flask.

The gift card deal will run until Sunday, March 22. Gift cards can only be purchased online at the businesses’ respective sites, through their online stores. Taco Reho and Big Chill Surf Cantina gift cards can be found online at www.lavidahospitality.com/store.

Restaurant dine-in services are suspended at this time. All gift card purchases will be fulfilled and mailed within seven to 10 business days, they said, and the gift cards will not expire and will be valid for all future purchases.

Guests who have purchased gift cards during this time will receive 10 percent off their check when they redeem their gift card at any of the participating restaurants.

“This is a circumstance of what is going on in our world right now and is a detriment to our industry. Our employees are the heart of this industry and our business, and we are doing everything we can to try and combat those circumstances,” said Crooked Hammock Brewery Brand & Marketing Manager Erica Wiegman. “We appreciate your continued support of our businesses through these tough times and look forward to being able to serve you in the future.”

Starting March 9, La Vida Hospitality and its restaurants’ employees were without work due to the government mandates to limit hours, and, subsequently, to close. Like many other restaurants in the area, their employees have had to look at what a new reality is for them.

“Our mission at La Vida in this time of crisis is to meet our social responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our team and our guests by maintaining the safest possible environment, to provide continued employment, along with relief and service for our community,” said owner Rich Garrahan.

The restaurants of La Vida Hospitality have shifted their operations to call-ahead to-go orders, as well as delivery options at select locations.

For more information and updates, visit the location-specific websites or email Erica Wiegman at erica@lavidahg.com.