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Instagram co-founder's gift card site helps restaurants during lockdown

Mike Krieger says he wants to aid San Francisco restaurants as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts businesses and keeps people in their homes.

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Mike Krieger, co-founder of social media platform Instagram, is working to help keep funds flowing to restaurants impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. His new site SaveOurFaves, created with his wife Kaitlyn, sells gift certificates to a directory of Bay Area restaurants and coffee shops. Visitors can search for restaurants by name or neighborhood location.

"Our small businesses need us more than ever. Even though we can't leave home, we can still support local restaurants by buying gift cards," Krieger said on the site. "It's basically a mini-loan, so buy one now and make a plan to use it later." 

SaveOurFaves is adding more food and beverages spots and adding more categories to the directory as well.

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