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The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

Guy Fieri

In 2020, Fieri took that support a step further to help the millions of restaurant workers who lost jobs in the pandemic.

The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

Edward Lee

Edward Lee, chef-owner of 610 Magnolia and other restaurants in Louisville, Ky., started his nonprofit Lee Initiative five years ago to promote equity and diversity in the restaurant industry.

The goal of the health-focused concept is to make healthy food as cheap and ubiquitous as McDonald’s, and in the process fill food deserts and give low income people of color an opportunity at franchising.

As the nation prepared to head to the polls last fall, Phil Rosenthal and his Rosenthal Family Foundation stepped up to support voters.

Alma Cocina Latina has moved into a larger space where the restaurant, Mera Kitchen Collective and Alkimiah can all function under one roof.

Local Green also started a program in which people could buy meals for homeless people and the restaurant would match those donations one-for-one.

Baxtrom gave away lunches for hospital workers and offered free food for laid-off restaurant workers.

Andrew Gruel, founder of the Slapfish fast-casual chain, and his wife, Lauren, knew first-hand the hardships faced by the restaurant industry amid the COVID crisis.

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 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.

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