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Restaurant Industry Helping Haiti

“Nation’s Restaurant News has reached out to its sources and gathered numerous industry efforts from phone calls, e-mails, Twitter feeds, Facebook postings and published reports. They are listed here via region  with contact information to encourage participation. This list will continue to be updated with new information when available.”


MassachusettsBurtons Grill, a New England-based restaurant group, will donate 15 percent of its revenue from Monday’s sales at its four restaurants to the William J. Clinton Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. The chain has restaurants in Boston, Andover and Hingham, Mass. The company also has a location in South Windsor, Conn. The restaurants are open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New Hampshire: The Common Man family of restaurants is calling upon residents of New Hampshire to help with disaster relief efforts by attending a “Common Effort for Haiti” event at 15 of its restaurant locations throughout the state.

On Sunday, the Common Man will donate 50 percent of each guest’s food bill, to be split by the American Red Cross and the nonprofit organization Partners in Development.

Information about “Common Effort for Haiti” can be found at and the restaurant’s Facebook page at

New Jersey: Wakefern Food Corp., on behalf of its ShopRite and PriceRite stores, will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross.

New York : Philippe Massoud of Restaurant Ilili is proposing restaurants in New York make Sunday, Jan. 24, “Haiti Dine Out Night,” with 10 percent of sales going to charities specifically targeted to Haiti. Servers, if they like, are being asked to donate 5 percent of their tips that night. So far, participants, according to published reports, include Hill Country, Bar Breton and Aldea.

Knife + Fork in the East Village has said 20 percent of sales and tips on Jan. 20 will go toward relief efforts.

The Bell House in Brooklyn plans a host of live music and other entertainment on Jan. 27, with all of the money going toward the relief effort.

Hearth, on Tuesday, Jan. 19 will donate 50 percent of gross revenues to help fund the relief effort.

Washington, D.C.: Washington restaurateur Ashok Bajaj announced a month-long fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross Relief for Haiti. Bajaj is encouraging his employees to donate to the cause and has vowed to match their donation dollar for dollar. In addition, Bajaj is reaching out to patrons for their support in a month-long showcase of signature items from his award-winning restaurants including 701, Ardeo/Bardeo, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, The Bombay Club, Oval Room and Rasika. From Jan. 19 to Feb. 19, when guests enjoy the featured appetizer or main course, a dollar from the sale of each of these dishes will be donated to the cause.


Florida: Martini Tuesdays is a weekly cocktail party that meets at different South Beach venues every Tuesday at 9 pm, and it is doing its part to contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti. There will be a drop box for non-perishable food and clothing and a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s cocktails will be donated. This week’s location: Red, The Steakhouse

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is donating 500 cases of water and organizing drop points for food, water, clothing and supplies at its five locations in South Florida.

Burger King Corp.’s charitable arm, the Have It Your Way Foundation, has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross for use in Haitian disaster relief. Anne Chwat, foundation president, said that although Burger King does not have units in Haiti, the company’s headquarters city of Miami “is home to one of the largest Haitian communities outside of the island. The people of Haiti are suffering and many of our employees, franchisees, guests and their families have also been significantly impacted.” Burger King also is collecting essential supplies from employees and distributing them through the University of Miami’s medical teams.

Kentucky : Yum! Brands Inc. is directing $500,000 from its World Hunger Relief global effort to provide food for earthquake victims in Haiti. While the company has no restaurants in Haiti, employees around the globe are mobilizing to collect much-needed items and are making cash donations as well.

South Carolina: Beginning Saturday, Jan. 16 until Sat., Jan. 30, Neighborhood Dining Group will donate $5 to Haiti relief efforts for every Restaurant Week menu sold. The menu offering at McCrady’s is $35, and $30 at The Buccaneer and Queen Anne’s Revenge.

“Our hope is that at the end of the month we can contribute upwards of $10,000 to support the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts,” the restaurant group said.

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Illinois : McDonald’s Corp. in Oak Brook has pledged $500,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross. Its franchisee partner in Latin America, Arcos Dorados, also has agreed to match that donation through a grassroots program to raise funds at its 1,700 locations. From Jan. 16 until Jan. 22, all McDonald’s restaurants operated by Arcos Dorados in 19 countries will donate 50 cents from the sales of individual Big Mac sandwiches and Big Mac Extra Value Meals,” the story said. 

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