Restaurant News brief: Real estate agent raising funds for Edmonds restaurants

Max McKinley, right, and Ryan Hoff, left, present a check to Jennifer Myatt of Calypso.

Maxwell McKinley and his father Buz are the agents at McKinley Sound Properties, affiliated with Windermere Edmonds. The younger McKinley said Windermere Edmonds’ support of community events has inspired him to support our local restaurant entrepreneurs.

He and friend Ryan Hoff cooked up a plan (pardon the pun) to extend support — the monetary kind — to local eateries. As in, directly handing a substantial check to an establishment that might be unsure how they are going to pay their rent next month.

Inspiration also came from Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR), a national fundraising program to help restaurants, and from Dave Pornoy at Barstool Sports, who raised over $35 million for small businesses.

McKinley and Hoff brainstormed with their contacts in Edmonds and decided to “keep it local.” They spoke with many Edmonds restaurants, and learned that some are struggling more significantly.

“We know everyone that is operating a restaurant in Edmonds, and elsewhere, for that matter is hurting, but some are worse off than the average,” Max said.

Some restaurants that Max checked in with told him: “We’re OK here, please give the funds somebody that truly needs it.”

The fundraising goal of $50,000 was a number, a goal to hit. “We were counseled by associates to give enough of an award to make a difference,” he said.  A sum that will pay the rent for a month, or pay the salaries of the cooks and wait staff for a period of time, not just pay for an order of produce coming in the back door.

As support dollars began to accumulate, they realized it wouldn’t do any good to let that money sit there until they reached their big goal  — better to disperse funds as they became available.

Engel’s Pub was the recipient of the second check.

So they set a mini goal — between $2,000 and $2,500. As soon as they accumulate that much in the account, they locate the next restaurant in need and cut a check.

Max spoke of how much support there is among restaurants here in Edmonds –there is no competition, only cooperation.

“All boats rise…” the expression is apt. And I have witnessed and reported on this phenomenon, so many examples of it in this last year.

Readers: We have been dining in our overcoats, gifting our friends and families with coupons and cards that support dining in our community so… Go Fund them… our restaurants still need our help.

Here is the link to the GoFundMe account:

— By Kathy Passage

  1. Fabulous idea. I’m sorry our elected officials can’t come us with that simplistic idea. But whatever, what a wonderful idea. Edmonds has always been that type of community. Not the small factor of people who want to tear it apart. We are not prejudice, (we love our people) as some would tell you, and we are generous to a flaw. That is why when I sell my home Windermere and Sound Properties are the ones to choose. They are always looking for community give back. Thank you…and a special shout out to the McKinley family. I’m impressed by your community spirit.. Your business practices speaks loudly of your integrity.

    1. Joy Thank you for the kind words! Were only trying to do our part as dont want to see any of our beloved restaurants leave due to Covid. A lot of things are out of hands which is a huge bummer but we thought something as small as a mini fundraiser could help those in need!

  2. I think it’s wonderful to see such support for Edmonds’ restaurants during the COVID crisis. We stop for dinner a couple times a week here in the city, take-out and now sometimes dine-in. But I also have to wonder about all the non-restaurant businesses that are also suffering economic losses. Is anyone looking out for them?

    1. Hi Roger! Thank you for commenting! Unfortunately this was created for the restaurants as at one point they were fully shut down and outdoor only for months. We would love to help everyone! That would be a huge goal and something we would be thrilled to accomplish. Maybe if this keeps growing that can become a reality!

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