Gracie's Awarded "Essential Restaurant Award" in Middletown, OH

I LOVE RESTAURANTS is honored to announce that Gracie’s has been awarded "Essential Independent Restaurant" for Middletown, Ohio. 

This award is granted to only one restaurant per American community.

We have chosen Gracie's in recognition of the special value it brings to Middletown and because of its goodwill to support the fundraising efforts of other independent restaurants in the area.

At ILR we have come to terms with a sad truth:

Many independent restaurants will not survive. Among those will be restaurants that are cherished by their local community and that share values that will be important for these same communities post crisis.

Among the many valued restaurants in Middletown, Ohio, Gracie’s is a wonderful choice for the following reasons:

  • Gracie’s was founded to help revitalize Middletown’s historic downtown, which never fully recovered from a decline in the area’s manufacturing base.  Gracie’s revitalization efforts were such an important symbol that its founder, Ami Vitori, was featured as a Starbucks Upstander, which celebrates people who are trying to bring about “extraordinary change”.  Gracie’s and Vitori received $25,000 from Starbucks as part of that recognition, and they donated it all to Middletown charities.
  • Gracie’s along with other local restaurant and shop owners have worked tirelessly to bring a beating heart back to downtown.  In Gracie’s case, its focus on Big City Comfort Food has helped make the downtown a vital hub for many smaller towns in the area who needed a place that aspired to a big city dining experience.
  • America will need more urban revitalization heroes than ever before after this crisis, and Gracie’s is at the heart of why ILR created the Essential Independent Award.

Part of being awarded "Essential Independent Restaurant" is that ILR commits itself to fundraising on behalf of Gracie’s and of its employees. 

With the proceeds, Gracie's will be able to rehire its staff, restart and re-engage on its good works to contribute, along with other local leaders, to bring Middletown back.

To support Gracie’s, we encourage you to visit I LOVE RESTAURANTS.  The vast majority of gross profits, between $3.50 and $11 per item you purchase from the link above, will be gifted to help Gracie’s and its team to weather out the storm.

Moreover, we will also provide referral links to each staff member of Gracie’s and to each interested independent restaurant in the area so that they too can encourage support from you, their friends and loved ones.

You have a real chance to help return the love that your area's independent restaurants have shared with you, your family and friends.

Our fundraising campaign on their behalf will continue for several months.

Please look for the links to I LOVE RESTAURANTS as they circulate around town, and support to help preserve all of America's essential independent restaurants.

Love, Peter LeSar & Dimitra Murphy

P.S.  As you order items from I LOVE RESTAURANTS, please copy and paste the following Gracie’s link in your social media telling your friends and loved ones why you did so.  Your efforts will encourage the support of others:)

 Ami Vitori