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Agoura Hills Restaurant Feeds 1,000 First Responders Despite Fire Evacuation

They’re still cooking, too

Meat cooking at Tavern 101 in Agoura Hills
Tavern 101
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An Agoura Hills restaurant owner is being applauded for staying behind the lines of the Woolsey Fire evacuation in order to feed hundreds of first responders. Owner Marco Gonzalez runs Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House along Roadside Drive, and according to KTLA he’s been working with a small staff since last Friday to continue to pump out hot meals for firefighters and paramedics fighting the blaze.

As the story goes, Gonzalez got permission over the weekend from local authorities to remain at his restaurant and continue to cook up free meals to those who needed to recharge. He and his crew only had whatever food was on hand from before the evacuation order so they were getting by with what they could until Gonzalez himself could leave to go get more supplies and continue to cook. By one estimation, the restaurant has served over 1,000 first responders in the past few days alone.

As of Monday, the restaurant posted that it was still open and feeding firefighters, showing a room full of hardworking men and women on its Facebook page. A Venmo page taking donations to continue to feed people has reportedly closed in on $50,000.

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Posted by Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House on Sunday, November 11, 2018

The generosity of Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House has been matched by dozens of restaurants and bars all over the city, who are donating proceeds, needed supplies, and time to those affected and those fighting the Woolsey Fire. Over at the Shake Shack in Westlake Village today, 100% of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Ventura County Community Foundation.