Broadway community helps launch “Hamilton” chef’s new restaurant

After hitting a rocky patch while opening his Hell’s Kitchen eatery Spoonfed NYC, former “Hamilton” catering chef Randy Stricklin-Witherspoon reached out to the Broadway theater community for help. He had anticipated opening the Southern cuisine restaurant in October, but after construction delays, he had fallen back in rent.

Witherspoon posted on his business’s Facebook page about his dilemma thusly: “Monies have run out and so is our time.”

Hoping to gather together a group to help him make the opening happen, he implored, “With that said, to all my skilled friends and stagehands, let’s have a pizza day and knock it all out.”

The Broadway community didn’t disappoint. Within days many were stopping by to take care of business forgotten by contractors, making fixes on the spot’s interior. In addition, a fundraising page was started by a makeup artist from Wicked, which has already raised over $17,000 of a $21,000 goal.

“I have actors on their hands and knees scrubbing up spackle,” Stricklin-Witherspoon said. “They come by between their breaks.”

Happily with the recent outpouring of assistance, Stricklin-Witherspoon anticipates Spoonfed NYC opening by the end of this month. [DNAInfo]