How it Works:
- Pick a restaurant:
Choose any business in our Culinary Partners program. Scroll down to see a complete list of eligible businesses.
- 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.
- Take a photo:
Snap a photo of your itemized receipt.
- Complete and submit your reimbursement form:
Be among the first 200 people each week to submit the reimbursement form in order to receive compensation for 50% of your (non-alcohol) receipt total, up to $30. Receipts will be accepted within 48 hours of your meal, and only one reimbursement form submission allowed per person, per week.
- 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.
- 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) for a chance to win a $50 gift card to one of our Culinary Partners.https://gmri.wufoo.com/forms/mmhppvb1cxmoy7/
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 splitting the seafood bill with you every Thursday for four weeks starting Feb. 18th. 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 every Thursday for one month, starting February 18th.
Participating Culinary Partners
- Andy's Old Port Pub
- Becky's Diner
- Black Point Inn (temporarily closed)
- Black Trumpet Bistro
- Boone's Fish House & Oyster Bar
- Churchill Events
- Cliff House Maine — Nubb's Lobster Shack
- Cliff House Maine — The Tiller Restaurant
- Docks Seafood
- Eventide Oyster Co.
- Evo Kitchen + Bar
- Fore Street Restaurant
- Hugo's (temporarily closed)
- King Eider's Pub
- Luke's Lobster
- O' Oysters Mobile Food Cart (temporarily closed)
- Portland Lobster Co. (temporarily closed)
- Robert's Maine Grill
- Sea Glass Restaurant at Inn by the Sea
- Shade at Higgins Beach Inn (temporarily closed)
- The Highroller Lobster Co.
- The Honey Paw
The Split the Bill campaign is possible thanks to the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Hannaford.
Additional funding for our Split the Bill campaign is provided by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Goldie Anna Charitable Trust. Thanks to their generous support, we are able to launch campaigns like Split the Bill in support of our local restaurants and seafood industry.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get reimbursed for half of my order?
Fill out and submit a reimbursement form within 48 hours of purchasing your meal. Each week, Reimbursement Forms will be accepted until Saturday at 11:59 pm for that week's campaign event. For example, if you purchase a meal on Thursday, February 18th, you will have until Saturday, February 20th at 11:59 pm to submit your form.
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 proof of receipt.
- You do not have at least one seafood dish on your receipt.
- You ordered from a restaurant that is not one of our Culinary Partners.
- You provide a receipt that does not identify the restaurant.
- You ordered your meal on days other than February 18th, February 25th, March 4th, or March 11th.
- You submit more than one reimbursement form per person, per week.
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 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 the cost of 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 each week of the campaign. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to participate.
Whom should I contact if I have a question?
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