December 23, 2020

Struggling Hartford Restaurant Receives Large Donation

By haziqbinarif

HARTFORD, CT — Hartford establishment Red Rock Tavern recently got a boost from pop culture news site Barstool Sports, which plans to provide funds to small businesses going, according to The Middletown Press. Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy recently expressed disagreement with mandated shutdowns of restaurants across the country and particularly in the Northeast.

Red Rock Tavern received $500,000 and will continue to receive funds monthly, The Middletown Press reported. The restaurant has been around since the 1930s.

A letter from Chelsey Mancini, daughter of owner Don Mancini, appeared on the Barstool Fund’s website. She said that as her dad is “a super old school kind of guy,” she’s been working to help with managing the restaurant’s website and social media.

“While we made it through prohibition,” she wrote, “we have struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic. Since COVID hit, we’ve had to pivot dramatically. (Don Mancini’s) had to totally change his business model and strategy overnight and in ways that are so unfamiliar to him. I work full time in Boston, MA but since COVID struck us, I headed straight back to Hartford to help my dad. I have worked side by side with him every single day since March, to keep the business afloat. Just as tireless as he works, I have been trying my best around the clock on top of my day job, to help hustle and keep the business going — it is survival mode. Red Rock means so so much to me and my family, and I want to see the business continue for a 5th, 6th generation.”

She wrote that despite their best efforts, the restaurant has seen business dip by 20% and that at this rate, they won’t survive much longer without help.

Portnoy posted a video on Twitter in which he criticized the government for failing to support small businesses during the pandemic. “No one seems to care in the government or at least they are not doing anything acting like they care,” he said. “No plan, no relief, no bailout.”

He said that he’s come up with a plan to help those businesses, but said it would be better if the government issued “billions of dollars of relief to these small business owners who are losing their livelihoods.”

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