Actor Ty Burrell spearheads 'Tip Your Server' relief in response to coronavirus impact

Actor Ty Burrell spearheads ‘Tip Your Server’ relief in response to coronavirus impact (Photo: Mayor Erin Mendenhall / Twitter screengrab)

UPDATE: (March 26, 2020) -- The program created by actor Ty Burrell to support workers in the restaurant and beer industry has been pushed back.

The Downtown Alliance has asked that Utahns, "Bear with us as we finalize some processing details."

The program was supposed to launch Wednesday but is accepting names Thursday from restaurant employers within the Salt Lake City limits and additional required information of workers that have been displaced. Details will be made available sometime on Thursday.


Ty Burrell is a restaurateur in Salt Lake City who is mostly known for his role as a dad on ABC’s “Modern Family" but is now joining forces with Salt Lake City and the Downtown Alliance to raise funds for those being impacted by ongoing coronavirus issues.

The Emmy-winning actor, and part-time Utah resident, owns a beer-focused bar and restaurant in SLC and spearheaded a new program, "Tip Your Server.' The program is a relief effort for workers in the food and beverage industry.

The main objective of the program is to provide $2,000 grants to employees of any SLC restaurant or bar who may have lost employment from closures or limited operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burrell, and his wife, Holly, made an initial contribution of $100,000 to the grant program. He said in a prepared statement:

We’re hopeful that during this time, when so many restaurant and bar employees are facing uncertainty, that this effort can provide a small bit of relief. Salt Lake City is a truly special place and our heart is with you.

According to a press release, the food and beverage industry in Salt Lake City employs an estimated 15,000 workers.

“I know the workers in the restaurant and bar industry are hurting right now and we’re working to help,” said Mayor Erin Mendenhall, who tweeted a video of Burrell. “Our hope is that this grant program will help food and beverage industry employees make ends meet while businesses are forced to make these incredibly difficult decisions.”

Members of the public can make a donation to help affected food and beverage workers by clicking here.

The process for applying will be made available prior to March 25. Disbursement amounts will be based on availability of funds.