CHICAGO (WLS) — Patty Prosen, proprietor of 26-year beloved Lakeview Mexican restaurant Que Rico, simply obtained an sudden Christmas present of $15,000.

“Yesterday, a cellphone name modified my life,” Prosen stated. “It made my Christmas Eve very particular. I used to be very shocked, very honored to obtain these funds from Barstool.”

In her submission video for the grant Prosen admits her household enterprise is struggling.

“I’m sorry. I’m going to get so emotional, however that is my house. My staff usually are not simply my staff. My staff are my household,” she stated.

She submitted the video to the Barstool Fund to get monetary assist for her struggling restaurant.

“It is powerful, it is actually powerful. It is scary. I imply, you recognize, final Sunday I had a $68 sale. Who survives on a $68 sale? So it is very scary,” Prosen stated.

Regardless of the challenges of the final 9 months, she has refused to chop off the payroll.

She was driving Thursday when she acquired a name from Barstool Sports activities founder Dave Portnoy, who lately established Barstool Fund. The fund helps small companies impacted by shutdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to now he is raised $5.9 million from 56,000 donors. Portnoy himself contributed $500,000 of his personal cash to the fund.

“We’re getting 1000’s of emails,” he stated. “The essential necessities we now have: your payroll must be on. We do not need to simply assist the enterprise homeowners, we need to assist the staff.”

Prosen was so overwhelmed by the information that she could be receiving funding, she needed to pull over. Portnoy is giving her $15,000 every month till her restaurant can open at full capability.

“She’s someone with a protracted historical past of success, a loyal shopper base,” he stated. “Clearly, the restaurant is her life and to lose it like that via no fault of your individual, these are the individuals you need to assist.”

“That is big. And I will be capable of sleep higher at evening for the following few nights,” stated Prosen.

The Barstool Fund was launched in collaboration with the nonprofit 30 Day Fund. Portnoy acquired the thought to start out the fund after New York Metropolis renewed its ban on indoor eating. The Nationwide Restaurant Affiliation believes the business is in freefall, citing knowledge launched in early December that 17% of eating places, greater than 110,000 institutions, have closed completely or long-term for the reason that begin of the pandemic. Prosen is one among 14 enterprise homeowners awarded cash to date.

Massive identify donors to the fund embrace the New York Yankees, the Winklevoss twins, and Marcus Lemonis of “The Revenue” on CNBC. Portnoy has additionally challenged different huge names to donate to the fund, together with Elon Musk, Tom Brady and Roger Goodell.

Portnoy stated as a result of he went to jail for Tom Brady, he want to see the quarterback donate to his fund. He additionally challenged Roger Goodell, saying, “If he donates $250,000 to this, and the man makes $40 million a yr by the best way, for those who donate $250,000 to this I will match it with my very own cash.”

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