Over 400,000 meals served by 19 chef partner restaurants in cities across the US
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Louisville restaurant family, we are here to help you through this next wave of closures and restrictions. We are providing meals and also want to help independent restaurants in our community by funding them to become relief pickup centers.

Any industry professional can come get dinner at one of the restaurants we’re partnering with for this round of the Restaurant Workers Relief Program.
Details below:

Monday 4-6
Porcini, 2730 Frankfort Ave
Wednesday 4-6
Hilltop Tavern, 1800 Frankfort Ave
Friday 4-6
FOKO, 1001 Logan St #124
Tuesday and Thursday 12-3
Wherewithall, 3472 N Elston Ave
Thank you as always to our partners at @makersmark and @audi and to all of the donors who make our work possible.


Thank you so much to all of our generous partners who have helped us run relief kitchens in 19 cities, giving out close to 400,000 meals and thousands of pounds of supplies while restaurants were closed due to COVID.

Over the course of these efforts, supply chain issues became painfully apparent across the nation. As restaurants around the country re-open their doors, we are shifting our partnerships to focus on creating and maintaining long-term relationships between restaurants and small, sustainable farms. We hope this new program, Restaurant Reboot, will play a role in creating the new approach to food we see emerging across the country.

Please find out more about our Restaurant Reboot Relief Program here: https://leeinitiative.org/restaurant-reboot-relief-program/. For details on final services of each Restaurant Workers Relief Program kitchen, please visit specific partner restaurant pages. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible and will continue to help us support the restaurant industry.

In our home city of Louisville, we’ve also announced the McAtee Community Kitchen, which will launch on Monday. We’ll be sharing details later today on how you can sign up to volunteer. For more information on McAtee Community Kitchen, please visit https://leeinitiative.org/mcatee-community-kitchen/

Due to the closure of restaurants across America, thousands of restaurant workers have an urgent need for assistance. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America.  For the past decade, we have relied on the convivial and dynamic hospitality of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city that we are incredibly proud of.  Restaurant workers need your help more than ever.  It is vital that we offer relief to those in need, so after this crisis restaurants can return to their full vibrancy. 

In partnership with @makersmark, we have turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.  We are offering help for those in need of food and supplies.  Each night, we will pack hundreds of to-go meals that people can come to pick up and take home. 


Dinners are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Limit 1 package per person unless there is an emergency situation.  We will also have essential supplies on hand.  We will limit how much any one person can take of these supplies, but they will be handed out free to those in need.  We will continue to offer this program until we can no longer financially support the program. 

Pickup Information
-This program will be offered 7 days a week until otherwise notified.
-Pickup time is between 10am and noon or 5pm and 7pm based on location and day of the week.  More details to follow.


Atlanta | Bay Area | Boston | Brooklyn (Olmsted) | Chicago | Cincinnati | Detroit | Houston | Indiana (Southern) | Lexington | Louisville | Los Angeles | Nashville | New Orleans | Raleigh | Seattle | Washington, D.C.

Eugene and Elizabeth’s
Atlanta, GA
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Bay Area / Oakland, CA

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Blue Dragon
Boston, MA
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Brooklyn, NY

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West Town Bakery
Chicago, IL
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Cincinnati, OH
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Lady of the House
Detroit, MI
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Houston, TX
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Pints & Union
New Albany, IN
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Great Bagel
Lexington, KY
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610 Magnolia
Louisville, KY
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Los Angeles, CA
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Otaku To-Go
Nashville, TN
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New Orleans, LA
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Raleigh, NC
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Seattle, WA
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Washington, D.C.
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The Founding mission of The LEE Initiative has always been to come up with fast and forward thinking solutions to address problems in our industry. 

The most pressing need right now is to take care of our hospitality industry family.  We want them to know that they are not alone, we are here for them.  We will all get through this by coming together and supporting one another.  We started with our first Restaurant Workers Relief Center thanks to our partners in good @makersmark.  By the end of the week there will be 14. 

Thank you to Nancy Silverton at Chi Spacca in Los Angeles; Jose Salazar at Mita’s in Cincinnati; Edouardo Jordan at Salare in Seattle; Paul Kahan at his Wicker Park Big Star location in Chicago; Alon Shaya at Safta in Denver; Greg Braxtrom at Olmsted and Nate Adler at Gertie’s, both in Brooklyn; Donald Link at Cochon in New Orleans; LexUNITE and Samantha Fore at Great Bagel Bakery in Lexington; and Linton Hopkins at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta all joined on, and Edward Lee’s Succotash team in D.C and 610 Magnolia team in Louisville.