It’s been just over a year since Long Island’s first non-for-profit restaurant, Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails, opened in downtown Lindenhurst.
And oh what a year it has been, says owner Billy Miller, who handed out his biggest donation check this quarter.
“Honestly, we were just hoping we could just stay open,” told GreaterBabylon last Thursday. “We didn’t expect this response, we didn’t expect this outpouring of support.”
Since launching last August, Restoration Kitchen has now given away a total of $90,032, which has been spread to six Long Island-based charities.
“When I first opened I just wanted to donate as much as physically possible,” said Billy, “but we never expect this; it is truly amazing.”
Last week, the Restoration team handed out two checks around its one-year anniversary.
The Heather Pendergast Fund — a nonprofit helping the families of Long Island volunteer firefighter going through hard times — received a whopping $26,140.44, while the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying was given $15,021.56.
“It was incredible,” said Thomas Pendergast, The Heather Pendergast Fund’s co-founder with his wife, Penny. “This is the single biggest donation we ever received.”
The donation to Thomas and Penny’s non-for-profit is the largest single check Restoration has given away since opening.
That money comes in a crucial time for the Pendergast’s foundation, who recently built a $15,500 deck and a wheelchair ramp for a local handicapped child with cerebral palsy.
“It just shows you Long Island is just one great community,” said Thomas.
how does it work?
Every four months, Billy and his wife Nicole pick two charities to donate their net-profits to.
They allow their customers to decide what percentage of the profits each organization receives.
When each patron sits to eat, they are given information about each organization.
After their meal is over, everyone at the table is given a coin, where they have a choice of which cause speaks to them more. There are two flower pots that represent each foundation.
To learn more about each organization, make sure to check out Restoration Kitchen, located at 49 East Hoffman Avenue.
Pictures from the recent donations below.