19 Jun Iconic Medical Group and Sushi Den donate 20,000 face shields to Denver restaurants
The financial impact of the Covid-19 has been incredibly challenging for restaurants. As owners struggle to reopen, finding American-made PPE to protect workers and guests adds another high cost.
“Recognizing the financial hardships independent restaurants are facing, we felt it was our responsibility to support this essential industry,” says Miguel Sosa, Iconic Medical Group CEO and Founder.
“We are grateful to IMG for understanding the difficulties we, and all restaurants, are having locating and purchasing American-made PPE supplies,” says Toshi Kizaki, Sushi Den, Izakaya Den Owner and Chef.
Denver-based Iconic Medical Group worked with Sushi Den to create a central donation location on the rooftop of the restaurant’s parking garage, June 11.
Beyond the benefit of restaurants receiving expensive and hard to find PPE, the event brought owners, chefs and managers together (with social distancing) to share stories and smiles.
“We are a family-owned restaurant going back two generations,” said Clinton Manzzo of West of Surrender. “This donation is a godsend and will make such a difference for our team.”
While most walked away with 100 face shields for their one location, others like TAG Restaurant Group and Illegal Pete’s loaded up nine boxes (900) face shields for each of their nine locations throughout Colorado.
“The financial struggle due to closures over the last few months and the new parameters restaurants must have in place is hard to overcome, said Devin Rombough of Illegal Pete’s. “Being able to pick up a box of face shields for each of our restaurants is incredible.”
Over 80 recipients came during the 2-hour donation, resulting in 20,000 face shields protecting the industry’s front-line workers.