JJ’s Restaurant staff to receive $110,000 from Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association event

  • JJ’s Restaurant is gone, but the owners and surviving staff carry on.

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association announced today that the “Dining for JJ’s” fundraiser it organized on February 23 – where 125 restaurants in the metro donated 10 percent of that night’s sales to a fund for staff members of the restaurant destroyed by an explosion on February 19 – raised more than $110,000. The GKCRA says the final figure also includes nearly $13,000 collected from area businesses and personal donations.

A check was presented to JJ’s Restaurant co-owner Jimmy Frantze earlier today at the GKCRA board meeting. Fat City caught up with Frantze this afternoon.

Fat City: How are the funds from the different JJ’s fundraisers being distributed to the staff?

Frantze: The check was presented to me, but I really have nothing to do with the funds raised. We have set up a trust fund with Country Club Bank for the staff members and established a board of directors to oversee the distribution of the contributions. I am not on that board.

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