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#GreatAmericanTakeOut, #TakeOutTuesday, or #TakeOutChallenge- It's all to help local business

Posted at 7:34 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 22:35:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Whether you're posting using the hashtag #GreatAmericanTakeout, #TakeOutTuesday, or #TakeOutChallenge, the purpose is all the same--to help local business.

Arian Tabatabaei's family runs Huapangos in Hillcrest. His parents, Viri and JT, have owned it for more than a decade. Arian and his twin work there to help their parents. "It's been good until now," he said.

Like many, their future is up in the air. "It's completely dead in Hillcrest right now," he said. "We're not making any profit to help anybody... all these bills that are coming in, they're just piling right now."

They've had to lay off most of their employees. Tabatabaei said they dropped their prices, simplified their menu, and are offering take out or delivery. There's been an ongoing effort on social media to promote businesses that are still open.

Laura posted on Twitter that she got pizza for her birthday from Tribute Pizza in North Park. She wrote that "they put your food on your car hood to be totally contact-free."

The San Diego Emerald Society posted that they pick up wings from Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach. "They are donating food to healthcare workers and other first responders," the post said.

Tabatabaei has a message for San Diegans. "Just stay strong throughout this. Stay home, but just come out and get your food."