A restaurant owner who says that Anthony Bourdain changed his life has donated over $70,000 to suicide prevention causes.
New York City Chinese restaurant Xi’an Famous Foods got an increase in business after being featured on Bourdain’s series No Reservations.
With your heartfelt support, along with the hard work of our staff, we were able to raise $73,509.76 to donate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK to help their work in suicide prevention. Thank you for helping us with this tribute to our friend, @Bourdain
— Xi’an Famous Foods (@xianfoods) June 11, 2018
Jason Wang, CEO, revealed the plan to make the donation on Twitter, announcing that Xi’an Famous Foods would donate the June 8 sales from all 12 of their locations to fight suicide.
Wang made the donation announcement. “In honor of his memory and all of those dear people who left us all too early, and in taking whatever action we can to prevent suicide in the US, Xi’an Famous Foods will be donating 100% of our net sales on today, Friday, June 8, 2018, from all of our stores, to [The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline],” Wang shared.
Today’s a day of extreme sadness for us here at Xi’an Famous Foods. I’ve lost a dear friend today, and we mourn with the rest of the world. I remember the time in 2007 when Tony first visited our basement food stall in Flushing for Travel Channel’s No Reservations while I was… pic.twitter.com/z7FBcWnMID
— Xi’an Famous Foods (@xianfoods) June 8, 2018