Inspired by their customers’ generosity, Chef Steve Chen and K Dong, Co-owners of Miku SUSHI in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Kumo Sushi Lounge in Scarsdale, New York presented American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter with a check for $2,000.
In response to community support, the donation was made to thank customers for their support during the height of the New York and Connecticut quarantine.
In addition, the restaurant owners are in the process of sending gift cards to customers who donated to each restaurants’ COVID-19 employee relief fund.
In late March Miku and Kumo temporarily closed for close to six weeks. The decision was made by Chen and Dong along with their team in an effort to be abundantly cautious during the spread of COVID-19. During the closure, both restaurants launched GoFundMe pages to help employees make ends meet in the midst of an unprecedented time.
“I received a call from a customer in late March asking if we were still open for takeout and when I explained we made the decision with our team to temporarily close until COVID was under control she asked me how she could help our restaurant survive and if we were planning to establish a fund for our staff,” said Dong. He continued, “We didn’t have a plan at that time, our main concern was the safety and health of our staff and customers.” The customer then asked if she could buy Miku Sushi gift cards totaling $500 to help support the restaurant.
Dong was overwhelmed with gratitude and decided to launch the GoFundMe page at his Fairfield and Westchester County restaurants for customers that wanted to support his employees. Once the restaurants reopened for takeout, the page links were removed from Instagram profiles. Now that both businesses have reopened for takeout and dining the team has decided to reach out to each person who donated to the GoFundMe pages and offer gift cards in the full amount of their donation.
Additionally, the team decided to match that total amount with a donation to a local non-profit and reached out to the American Red Cross Metro New York North chapter.
“Whether down the block, across the country or around the world, the American Red Cross is committed to alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. We are powered by the generosity of our volunteers and neighbors in our efforts to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies big and small,” said Stephanie Dunn Ashely, CEO, American Red Cross Metro NY North Chapter.
“We are grateful to Miku and Kumo for their support of our lifesaving mission,” she added.
Miku is also currently partnered with two Fairfield County non-profits, the Breast Cancer Alliance and Bruce Museum by supporting through sales from gift cards and food specials. Kumo is in the process of developing a new partnership with the Westchester, New York chapter at the American Cancer Society.