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Baltimore restaurant owned by Bills fan to receive $10,000 to help with impact of COVID-19

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 12:03:06-05

BALTIMORE, MD (WKBW) — The owner of a Baltimore restaurant is an avid Buffalo Bills fan and he received a big surprise from the Famous Fund and some members of the Bills Mafia.

Joseph Gardella the owner of "Joe Benny's" in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood and an avid Bills fan will receive $10,000 from the Famous Fund to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bills Mafia co-founder Del Reid and other members of the Bills Mafia were on the Zoom call with Gardella to let him know the money would be on the way.

Gardella says the pandemic has had a big impact on his Baltimore restaurant with business down more than 50%. He says the money will be used to catch up on outstanding bills and begin the compress of a small renovation to reconfigure the establishment to make it easier to socially distance.

The restaurant has a menu item named in honor of Bills Mafia that it says is one of its most popular items. It is grilled or breaded chicken marinated in hot wing sauce, creamy burrata and blue cheese on the side.

Joe Benny’s is located at 313 South High Street, Baltimore, MD. 21202.

The Famous Fund was created by Mr. John Minadakis, co-owner of Jimmy’s Seafood in Baltimore, which has generated donations from coast to coast after he was inspired by the Barstool Fund created by Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports.