Restaurants promoting Great American Takeout on Tuesday

Customers line up in the Castleton parking lot for take-out orders from the Ale Emporium on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (WTHR/Kelly Greene)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A coalition of popular restaurants is drumming up support for customers to try to order at least one meal on Tuesday, March 24 for pick-up or delivery from a local eatery.

The coronavirus pandemic poses a significant threat to the restaurant industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s what spurred the idea for #TheGreatAmericanTakeout.

Already on board with the idea that's gaining steam are Indiana restaurants including Panera Bread, The Cheesecake Factory, Noodles & Company, IHOP, Blaze Pizza and Qdoba. The fast casual Mexican chain is offering a chance to win a $100 gift card if you order a to-go meal Tuesday.

They are asking industry peers, partners, and—most critically—guests, to join in the effort to help.

Some Hoosiers have already been purchasing pick-up or delivery meals since the pandemic altered our lives and eating habits.

On Tuesday, March 24, everyone in America can show their support for the industry by joining together to keep their restaurant employees working.