Pay it Forward

Picture by Melinda Modisette

Dohatsuten, a Japanese restaurant in Palo Alto, California, is one of many businesses in the bay area that was struggling to keep its head above water in recent months. With the pandemic preventing customers from dining out, Dohatsuten could hardly stay afloat. One day however, they unexpectedly received a check for $100,000. The check was written by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who had picked eight of their favorite restaurants – Palo Alto Sol, Fuki Sushi, Vesta, Sushi Sam’s Edomata, La Ciccia, Chef Chu’s, Dohatsuten, and The Liberties Bar & Grill – and donated a hefty sum to each. It was just the relief these restaurants needed; not only can they stay open for longer, but many of the restaurants in question plan to cook free meals for essential workers in California. Although many of us do not have $800,000 to give out to our favorite restaurants, we can all find something, a small act of kindness maybe, to pay forward today.

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