Guy Fieri Closes Restaurant After Re-opening Only 3 Days Earlier

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Celebrity chef Guy Fieri this week introduced he’s closing his Oklahoma restaurant, Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar, solely three days after re-opening it post-coronavirus (COVID-19) closures.

It’s a significant setback for the restaurateur and tv character.

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Fieri’s tireless work on behalf of restaurant staff throughout COVID

As COVID-19 was ramping up within the US, a lot was unknown as to how the virus would influence meals preparation – particularly whether or not it was protected to order in from a restaurant or have meals delivered. Restaurants have been shedding cash quickly, and shutting totally with the sudden collapse in income.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the National Restaurant Association’s fundraising department, introduced in March 2020 {that a} aid fund had been initiated. The fund, referred to as “Restaurant Relief America,” offers particular person $500 grants for dishwashers, servers, bartenders, cooks, and cooks.

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By May 2020, Fieri had raised a staggering $20 million for restaurant employee aid, due to his relentless work on their behalf. Rob Gifford, the NRAEF’s president, expressed his gratitude to Fieri in an announcement.

“During these challenging times, the NRAEF’s mission to support the industry’s workforce is more important than ever,” he stated. “With Guy as our champion and the support of so many generous companies, we can help get our family of restaurant workers back on their feet.”

Fieri acquired actor Bill Murray to assist eating places out just lately

Fieri and Murray engaged in a live-streamed Facebook occasion, “Nacho Average Showdown” in May 2020. Their aim: to boost cash for the numerous unemployed restaurant staff.

Murray, 69, was requested on the time by Jimmy Fallon about his nacho prowess.

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“Well, I’ll be honest, Jimmy,” the actor stated. “My son is really the cook in the family. I’m more the purveyor. I go shop. I’m in charge of paying for things. And he cooks. And I’m not in charge of dishes, either. So he’s in charge of finding someone to do the dishes. Whenever it comes to doing the cooking, I act like I’ve taken a bad fall.”

According to USA Today, the nacho smackdown raised a powerful $11Okay for restaurant staff in the course of the hour-long occasion.

Fieri was compelled to (quickly) shut one in every of his eating places

Fieri had quickly closed the Oklahoma location of his Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar – and all of his eating places – as did so many others, in March 2020 in response to the pandemic.

He reopened the situation on July 7, hoping to get to some semblance of normality for its staff, however by July 10 needed to as soon as once more shut as a consequence of an worker’s optimistic prognosis with COVID-19. No official date has been introduced for the restaurant to open as soon as once more.

Fieri had chosen this location for his restaurant, within the Choctaw Casino & Resorts in Durant, Oklahoma, due to the nice time he and his crew had capturing Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives there.

“I’ve shot Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in Oklahoma and throughout Texas and let me let you know, this a part of the nation is aware of good meals,” he stated. “And in Durant in particular, you’ve got some good folks looking for real deal, scratch-made food, great cocktails, and a big time party…and the Choctaw Casino & Resort brings the heat!”

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