The Baltimore Restaurant Support Fund raises more than $ 200,000 and sets higher goals
Friday, January 22, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
The co-owner of Jimmy & # 39; s Seafood said Friday he was overwhelmed by the more than $ 200,000 he raised through his famous fund for fighting in Baltimore restaurants.
The fund raised $ 237,000 in four days. John Mindakis told Torrey Snow that he now plans to raise $ 350,000 to help restaurants over the next two months.
"I'm stunned and amazed at Baltimore City's support for its own kind," said Mindakis.
The money raised so far has helped 11 bars and restaurants stay afloat. A six-week ban on sitting ended on Friday. Restaurants can now accommodate indoor diners up to 25% capacity.
Mindakis said he respects the rights of city officials to set the rules they deem appropriate during the pandemic, even though he believes restaurants are becoming the scapegoat as vectors for COVID-19.
"Most restaurants here in Baltimore don't make any money in January and February," he said. "The people who are most affected are the employees."
Mindakis was inspired by Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, and the Barstool Fund, who raised money for struggling restaurants across the country. Mindakis' fund raised donations from business people, county restaurants, and even Ravens players, including Marlon Humphrey.
The fund now has a review body under the direction of former Baltimore Police Spokesman T.J. Blacksmith.
Applications are available online. The fund accepts donations on GoFundMe.
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