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This DC chef cooked up a plan to get restaurants back to work, and feed those in need during coronavirus

The Power of 10 has already raised $8,000 after officially launching Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Popular D.C. Restaurateur, Erik Bruner-Yang, cooked up a crowdfunding campaign to help both the restaurant industry and those struggling to put food on the table.

"Half of my restaurants have closed, 85% of my staff has been laid-off," Bruner-Yang said. "Then, I had this re-energizing, of 'how can I help my neighborhood stay intact, how can I serve my community?'" 

Bruner-Yang is the chef behind Toki Underground, Maketto, Brothers and Sisters, Spoken English and ABC Pony, just to name a few. He started The Power of 10 initiative as a restaurant revitalization plan.

Here's how it works. You can donate $10 to cover the cost of one meal and labor.

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The goal is to get $10,000 a week to hire 10 chefs at a restaurant, who will in turn make 1,000 meals for a nonprofit organization serving their community.

Erik says this is another option for restaurants unable to provide delivery and take-out services.
"I can utilize the Power of 10 model, partner with a non-profit and distribute 150 meals a day through that funding," Bruner-Yang said. "Then I can still be a part of the solution and have a solution for myself." 

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The Power of 10 has already raised $8,000 after officially launching Thursday.

The first restaurant to benefit will be Cane, in Northeast D.C. Those funds will help people living along the H Street Corridor.

Bruner-Yang plans to test out the program at two of his restaurants as well.

"For me, this has been a good emotional motivation and distraction to get up every day, hit the ground running and keep my team motivated," he said. "I feel pretty good."

Bruner-Yang wants to keep this going for at least eight weeks, or until the federal and local governments roll out their programs and distribute funding to help these small businesses.

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