Celebrity chef David Chang is giving the restaurant business a lifeline.
On Sunday, the Momofuku founder and host of the Netflix meals collection “Ugly Scrumptious” turned the primary superstar to win ABC’s “Who Desires to Be a Millionaire” for the reason that sport present debuted for its newest iteration in 2019. And he’s utilizing his high prize cash to assist out restaurant business people struggling for enterprise in the course of the pandemic.
Chang is giving his million-dollar prize earnings to the Houston-based Southern Smoke Basis, a company that gives emergency funds for workers and enterprise homeowners within the hospitality business. Since November, the group has raised $178,080, according to its website.
The 43-year-old restaurateur used his ultimate lifeline to cellphone a buddy to safe the reply to the million-dollar trivia query: “Who was the primary president to have electrical energy within the White Home?”
Chang opted to name up ESPN journalist Mina Kimes for assist with the proper reply – President Benjamin Harrison.
“My playing drawback lastly pays off. $1 million for hospitality employees in want,” Chang quipped in a tweet following the massive win.
The restaurant business has been hit particularly arduous on account of shutdowns in the course of the pandemic – shutdowns which have compelled many eating places to shutter for good, or pivot their enterprise fashions to take-out or supply solely.
As many as 60% of companies that closed nationwide on account of COVID-19 struggles at the moment are everlasting, in line with data from Yelp. Certainly, a staggering 32,109 eating places, bars and nightlife institutions closed as of Aug. 31, with 19,590 of those closures for good, Yelp information exhibits.
President Trump final week urged Congress to go the following coronavirus stimulus package deal and assist struggling restaurants amid the second wave of COVID-19, which has compelled some components of the nation to implement strict social distancing tips as soon as once more.