Todd Graves helps eating places overcome pandemic woes in new sequence that begins streaming April 15
Dallas, TX (RestaurantNews.com) Restaurateur and philanthropist Todd Graves is rolling up his sleeves to assist struggling restaurant house owners get well from the COVID-19 pandemic in a new sequence, Restaurant Recovery, streaming completely on discovery+. Beginning Thursday, April 15, double episodes can be found every week.
As founder and CEO of the favored restaurant chain Raising Cane’s® Chicken Fingers, Todd brings his deep trade data and plain ardour for serving to the group to Restaurant Recovery. In every episode, Todd and his group work immediately with native restaurateurs which are struggling to hold on, by offering artistic concepts, hands-on renovations and monetary help. Investing greater than $100,000 per restaurant and $1 Million total, Graves helps to convey the eating places again to their former glory.
Along the best way, Todd invitations some high-profile buddies to help, together with multi-hyphenates Nelly and Snoop Dogg, actor Rob Schneider, soccer’s Archie Manning, Roquan Smith and Michael Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band, Grammy-Award profitable group La Mafia, and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.
“Todd Graves is one of the most successful restaurateurs in the country,” stated Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Having started his business as a young entrepreneur from the ground up, Todd knows about the challenges that exist in making a restaurant work, which is why he is the perfect person to help save these family-owned establishments.”
“The pandemic has been devastating to the restaurant industry as a whole, but thankfully, due to our drive-thrus at Raising Cane’s, we were fortunate to maintain our business,” stated Graves. “As a result, it became so important to me to pay it forward to those in need by offering financial and professional support. These great family-owned restaurants are important not only to their employees, but also the community and owners who sacrificed so much trying to keep the doors open. Our hope is that by providing a platform to highlight and amplify their awareness, these restaurants will be able to bounce back stronger than before.”
In the primary episode, Todd visits Chili John’s in Los Angeles. Open since 1946, Chili John’s was rescued from imminent foreclosures by a retired Coast Guardsman and his spouse three years in the past. But in a single day, COVID-19 knocked out their main sources of revenue – the workers from close by studio tons and the movie trade that will usually lease their charming location for film shoots. With mounting debt and no finish in sight because of the full indoor eating ban, Chili John’s is on the brink of collapse. Todd brings in his group, together with good pal Snoop Dogg, to assist save the enterprise.
In the subsequent episode, Todd visits Smokey John’s in Dallas, a restaurant owned and operated by two brothers carrying on their father’s legacy, together with maintaining all of their staff afloat even after they can barely pay the payments.
Other episodes embody Todd returning to his hometown of Baton Rouge with basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal to assist Poor Boy Lloyd’s, a legendary seafood spot in Louisiana; and a 107-year-old sweet store and diner in St. Louis struggling to maintain the lights on, as Todd recruits rapper Nelly to assist enhance gross sales. Other markets featured within the sequence are Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Graves is aware of simply how laborious it’s to begin a restaurant. As founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Todd has grown his enterprise from a single restaurant in his hometown to greater than 550 areas throughout the U.S. and past. Having led his group via quite a few disasters together with Hurricane Katrina and most not too long ago, the COVID-19 pandemic, he additionally is aware of how laborious it’s to maintain a restaurant going and to convey it again after a disaster.
For extra data and to see the trailer, go to RestaurantRecovery.com and comply with alongside on social media utilizing the hashtag #RestaurantRecovery. Restaurant Recovery is created with producers Kapil Mahendra and Paul Beahan via their Calabasas Films & Media (CFM) banner and Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios.
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About Todd Graves
It started as a university dream — a restaurant that served prime quality hen finger meals and nothing else. From this imaginative and prescient, Todd Graves created a marketing strategy that, mockingly, earned the bottom grade within the class. The professor stated a restaurant serving solely hen fingers in South Louisiana would by no means work. Undaunted, the younger entrepreneur offered his marketing strategy to any banker that will see him. Each time, Graves acquired the identical unfavourable response. Knowing he would want to lift his personal capital, Graves went to California to work as a boilermaker in an oil refinery and then on to Alaska, the place he labored within the harmful commerce of business salmon fishing. Upon returning to Baton Rouge, Graves reconstructed an outdated constructing himself into the primary Raising Cane’s restaurant naming it after his yellow lab…Raising Cane. Approaching its twenty fifth 12 months in enterprise, Raising Cane’s has grown from a single restaurant exterior the North Gates of Louisiana State University to greater than 550 eating places in 29 US states and the Middle East. Raising Cane’s ranks because the quickest rising quick meals firm with over a Billion within the U.S. with annual income exceeding $2 Billion. Graves’s entrepreneurial spirit has been acknowledged in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Inc., Rolling Stone and USA Today. He’s appeared on MSNBC, FOX’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, FOX & Friends and NCS. He’s additionally been featured on episodes of FOX’s Secret Millionaire, Food Network’s Food Court Wars, Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters and Discovery’s Fast N’ Loud. Graves ranked #28 within the Top 100 CEOs within the US by Glassdoor. He has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was awarded the SCORE Award for Outstanding Socially Progressive Business. Graves is enthusiastic about his group and displaying appreciation to the individuals who have made his dream a actuality. In the previous 5 years, Graves and Raising Cane’s supplied $35 million in help to the communities the place Cane’s eating places function and in 2021, will add one other $13 million of help.
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