Five operators of independent restaurants in California were surprised with $25,000 grants on Saturday through a collaboration between celebrity chef Guy Fieri and the California Restaurant Association’s charity arm, the California Restaurant Foundation (CRF).
Another six individuals were awarded scholarships totaling $175,000 by the participants and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the educational arm of the national group.
The grant recipients were announced during Fieri’s online show, Guy’s Restaurant Reboot, which airs on social media platforms. The chef, media personality and restaurateur has been active in charitable ventures aimed at helping restaurants survive the pandemic, usually through his Help Restaurants Rebuild Grants initiative.
The recipients of the grants are PorchBox Restaurant in Laguna Hills; Lêberry Bakery & Donuts, Pasadena; Rollin Roots, San Diego; Doggos Gus Mexican Gourmet Hotdogs, Imperial Beach; and Maya Halal Taqueria, Oakland.