by Patch Staff
Santa came early this year to two local fire stations when HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts presented both Grant Park Fire Station 10 and Virginia-Highland Fire Station 19 with two checks totaling $7,600 to help restore the fire houses. HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts’ annual Breakfast With Santa fundraiser sold out another year in a row at Osteria 832 on Saturday, Dec. 1, and he'll be coming to Doc Chey’s today, Dec. 8. The proceeds from these events helped bring the 10-year fundraising total to $56,000.
The annual event features a sit-down breakfast including pancakes, eggs and chicken sausage and a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus, who arrived on top of a fire truck to greet eager children with their Christmas wish lists in hand. Tickets were $20 per person and all proceeds from the ticket sales were donated directly to the fire stations.
For its 10 years of fundraising efforts through the Breakfast With Santa events, HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts was a state winner of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for the fourth time in 2012. HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts and owner Rich Chey also were lauded with the Georgia Restaurant Association’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 GRACE Awards last November.
Founded in 2007, HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts represents some of Atlanta’s favorite casual cuisine. Comprised of Doc Chey’s Noodle House and Osteria 832 Pizza & Pasta, HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts serve fresh, high-quality ethnic cuisine in comfortable neighborhood environments. HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts gives back to the local community through its charity fund HomeGrown Charities, which has raised more than $135,000 for nonprofits since inception.