9:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Hollywood Restaurant Musso & Frank Grill Sets Up GoFundMe Account for Furloughed Employees
The latest L.A. County dining ban, due to alarming COVID-19 infection rates, has set off another wave of layoffs and furloughs among restaurants.
To help soften the financial burden for its staffers, industry staple Musso & Frank Grill has set up an employee relief fund via a GoFundMe. Money raised will be split, with 50 percent going toward ongoing health care/medical insurance and 50 percent for living expenses, for the legendary restaurant’s 84 employees who are currently furloughed.
In creating the fund, Mark Echeverria, who serves as CFO and COO, says the owners were inspired by dedicated patrons and friends of the restaurant who kept reaching out asking how they could help the Musso & Frank team.
“We were touched by these acts of generosity, and by knowing that dozens of longtime patrons were willing to demonstrate the support our employees enjoy from the community by making financial donations. We are very proud to be partnered with our community members, truly wonderful folks who have inspired the formation of this new fund.”
As another measure, Echeverria and the team have pledged that an additional 25 percent of all retail sales generated from the store’s online merchandise will go toward the fund. As of Dec. 15, more than $59,691 of the $100,000 goal has been raised thanks to high-profile donors like Steven Soderbergh, author Michael Connelly, producer Vin Di Bona, actress Holland Taylor, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and TV writer Bill Prady.
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.