Split The Seafood Bill Day

Seafood on your restaurant receipt? On December 16th, we'll split the bill with you.

Did you know that restaurants and the foodservice industry are responsible for two-thirds of seafood sales in the US? The COVID-19 pandemic has hit restaurants hard, and when the restaurant industry struggles, our seafood industry struggles. On December 16th, and in support of our Culinary Partners (and ultimately our local coastal communities), we are offering to split the cost of takeout or dine-in orders when you order a seafood dish with 200 community members.

An image of a receipt with Split the Bill rules written on it

Reimbursement details:

  • On Wednesday, December 16th, we'll split the bill with the first 200 community members to request reimbursement.
  • We'll reimburse 50% of your bill, up to $30 total (excluding alcohol).
  • Order from one of our Culinary Partners to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Include a seafood dish in your order to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Take photos of your seafood dish and your itemized receipt!

How it Works:

  1. Pick a restaurant:
    Choose any business in our Culinary Partners program. Scroll down to see a complete list of eligible businesses, as well as a map of partner locations in our FAQs.

  2. Place your order and don’t forget the seafood:
    Whether it's a takeout or dine-in order, make sure it includes at least one seafood dish.

  3. Take TWO photos:
    (a) Snap a photo of your seafood dish.
    (b) Snap a photo of your itemized receipt.

  4. Complete and submit your reimbursement form:
    Be among the first 200 people to submit the reimbursement form in order to receive compensation for 50% of your (non-alcohol) receipt total, up to $30. Receipts will not be accepted after December 18th, and only one reimbursement form submission allowed per person.

  5. Get 50% of your bill back, up to $30 total:
    If you are one of the first 200 people to submit and your form is approved, you'll receive a check in the mail in 2-4 weeks.

  6. Tell your friends:
    Post a photo of your meal with the hashtag #SplitTheSeafoodBill and give a shoutout to the restaurant. Tag us on Instagram (@gulfofmaineresearchinstitute), Facebook (@gulfofmaine), and Twitter (@GMRI).

Complete and Submit a Reimbursement Form

In support of local restaurants dedicated to serving Gulf of Maine seafood, and who have been particularly hard hit because of the global pandemic, we're making December 16th Split the Seafood Bill Day. We'll split 50% of the bill (up to $30) with the first 200 community members to submit reimbursement forms for takeout or dine-in orders at one of our Culinary Partner locations.

Just as working waterfronts are part of the cultural and economic bedrock of the Gulf of Maine region, restaurants play a critical role in our communities. Our Culinary Partners listed below are businesses that commit to making Gulf of Maine seafood available on their menus at all times. These businesses are dedicated supporters of the local seafood industry, but right now, these restaurants need our support.

That’s why we’re offering to split the bill with 200 community members if they order seafood from one of our Culinary Partner locations listed below this Wednesday, December 16th — Split the Seafood Bill Day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get reimbursed for half of my order?

Fill out and submit a reimbursement form by 11:59 pm on December 18th. You will be required to enter:

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • The date you purchased your meal
  • The restaurant you ordered from
  • A photo of your itemized receipt
  • A photo of your meal.

Once you submit your form, we will carefully review and either accept or reject it. If approved, we will mail you a check. Please be aware that it will take 2-4 weeks to receive the check.

Why would my Reimbursement Form be rejected?

Your reimbursement form could be rejected if:

  • You do not submit an itemized receipt.
  • You did not have at least one seafood dish on your receipt.
  • You provide a receipt where the restaurant is not identified.
  • You ordered your meal on a day other than December 16th.
  • You have already submitted a reimbursement form.

When will I get my reimbursement?

If your reimbursement form is approved, we will mail you a check. It will take 2-4 weeks to receive the check.

I don't have a receipt. Can I still be reimbursed?

A valid itemized receipt is required as proof of purchase. Without the itemized receipt, we unfortunately cannot reimburse you.

I have a digital receipt. Can I use that for reimbursement?

Some restaurants offer digital (e.g. emailed) receipts. If you have a digital receipt, you may provide it as proof of purchase as long as you can upload a copy of it to the reimbursement form.

What happens if I forget to take a photo of my meal?

We require that you include a picture of the seafood that you ordered. Without the photo, we unfortunately cannot reimburse you for half of your meal.

What if I don’t use social media?

This does not disqualify you from being reimbursed, but an important part of this campaign is to support our local restaurants by spreading the word. We encourage everyone to post on social media and to tell their friends about the Split the Seafood Bill campaign and the local restaurant you ordered from.

I don’t have a camera phone, but I have my hard copy receipt. Can I snail mail it in for reimbursement?

If you are unable to take a digital photo of your itemized receipt to include with your Reimbursement Form online, but you have a hard copy of your receipt, you can mail BOTH a hard copy version of the reimbursement form and the receipt to GMRI: Attention Patty Collins, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101.

Which restaurants are participating?

Please see the list above to view participating businesses in our Culinary Partners program.

Can I get reimbursed for a meal at a local restaurant that is not on the Culinary Partners list?

No. We are only reimbursing people for meals purchased at one of the businesses included in our Culinary Partners program. With our limited funds, we are prioritizing support to the businesses that have formally partnered with us.

Can I get reimbursed directly to a bank account or through a service like Venmo or PayPal?

Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse you by Venmo, PayPal, or any other form of direct deposit. A check will be mailed to the mailing address you provide.

Are delivery charges, tax, and tip included in the reimbursement amount?

We will reimburse 50% of your bill, up to $30 total, including any delivery, tax, or tip. However, alcohol related expenses will not be compensated.

My meal is more than $60. Will I still be reimbursed for half?

We will reimburse 50% of your receipt, not including alcohol, up to $30 per itemized receipt. The max amount that we will reimburse is $30, even if your meal exceeds $60.

Is there a limit to how many times I can buy a meal and submit a reimbursement form?

You can submit a reimbursement form one time during the one-day campaign. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to participate.

Who should I contact if I have a question?

Please email Patty Collins, [email protected], if you have any questions.

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Reimbursement details and requirements for Split the Seafood Bill Day.

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