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The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

Kevin Martinez

Kevin Martinez, the chef at Tokyo Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas, started by donating meals to industry workers who were laid off at the pandemic’s outset.

The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

Dave Portnoy

The Barstool Fund has raised more than $36 million to date from contributors and people who buy shirts on the fund’s sites. The fund has supported 295 restaurants.

Even as many restaurants were struggling to get by, the chain stepped up to help those in need with a heavily discounted item called the Wichita Proud Box

Toups rallied fellow restaurateurs and suppliers, and Toups Meatery soon began serving family meal to 400 to 500 people a day.

Erick Williams opened Chicago’s Virtue Restaurant in 2018 with a commitment to promoting social justice and the African American culinary legacy.

For this year’s Power 20 list, RB is recognizing restaurant folks who amplified their community outreach efforts during the pandemic.

Co-founder Randy DeWitt decided to use the facility to produce 1,000 meal kits a day.

The three-part program encourages people to buy restaurant gift cards or pick up a meal from a favorite spot and share it on social media using the #StepUpToTheTable hashtag.

As chef Michael Mina thought about ways to help his thousands of furloughed employees early in the pandemic, he ultimately landed on what he does best—stretching dollars to feed people.

Rigie ensured that restaurant livelihoods weren’t disregarded in the scramble for public safety.

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