BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After raising over $200,000 in just four days, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood has set a new goal to raise $350,000 for struggling small restaurants in Baltimore.
John Minadakis, the CEO of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, vowed to start helping five restaurants first — the Angle Inn, G & A Restaurant, The Chasseur, Slider’s and Shotti’s Point.READ MORE: Gov. Hogan Signs Bill To Allow Cocktails-To-Go, Alcohol Delivery Through June 2023
That effort has since grown.
His announcement of the Jimmy’s Famous Seafood fund has gotten the attention of celebrities nationwide.
“When you set unrealistic expectations in my mind, goals of $100K, you’ll be happy with 20% of that and give each bar $4,000-$5,000, helping keep the lights on for another week and do what you can despite the loss, but this is just mind-blowing,” Minadakis said.READ MORE: Gov. Larry Hogan Signs 226 Bills Into Maryland Law Tuesday, Including One Legalizing Sports Betting
The effort has gotten the attention of the Baltimore Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey, Ronnie Stanley and general manager Eric DeCosta as well as Marcus Lemonis from CNBC, who donated $20,000.
“You’re in Baltimore and you’re surrounded by a very loving community, very passionate community and a community where neighbors take care of neighbors and they’re showing that right now more than ever before,” he said.
On Friday, the Famous Fund “made the call” to Spencer Horsman, a second-generation magician, and owner at Illusions: Bar & Theater.
Horsman received $15,000 to help his business stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He hopes that restrictions lift enough for him to begin in-person shows again. For now, he is performing small shows on Zoom.MORE NEWS: Maryland State House Will Be Reopen To Visitors Starting Friday
A GoFundMe page to raise money for the effort can be found by clicking here.