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Celebrity chef is shooting episodes of his show while also promoting a new fundraising effort to help people impacted by now-shuttered restaurants.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Troutdale General Store, one of downtown Troutdales oldest and most beloved restaurants and gift shops, sits quietly shuttered on a recent Wednesday morning. Like many businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, the store affixed a friendly note to customers on its front door explaining the need to close and hope to reopen as soon as its safe to do so.If you watch the Food Network you know him. That spiky platinum blond host of the hit "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

Now Guy Fieiri has teamed up with a Portland law firm to help restaurant workers who are out of work.

Like almost all in the restaurant industry, Fieri is now self-isolating at home. But he is still shooting episodes of his show while also promoting a new fundraising effort aimed at helping all those impacted by the now-shuttered restaurants.

"Yeah it started off... it was just a little... conversation with good friends of mine based out of Portland," said Fieri.

Working with the Portland law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, Fieri started the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.



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