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Local restaurant surprised with award for serving up more than good food

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 18:06:39-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Chesapeake restaurant Bubba's 33 is serving up more than good food - it's also helping local veterans in need.

Nicky Grando, who heads up marketing and community involvement for the restaurant, is the driving force.

"I talk about it all the time; helping people is always something that's been super important to me," Grando said.

The restaurant regularly shows appreciation to frontline workers by offering discounted meals to essential employees. Grando said he's learned a lot while dropping off free meals.

"When I do deliver pizzas, I get to talk to a lot of nurses and they're so appreciative because they're so busy, they're working tireless, endless hours," Grando said.

Bubba's isn't just helping frontline workers - it's also helping those on the front lines protecting our nation. Through the end of this month, you can sink your teeth into the Patriot Burger - a dollar from each order goes to Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes for post 9-11 veterans who've been severely injured in the line of the duty.

Jim Daddio, the owner of the Chesapeake Bubba's 33, said, "I think it's important to help out wherever we can. We're part of this community."

Grando is in full agreement. "So being able to help the community, donate, take care of our frontline workers and healthcare workers - it's a huge honor!" he said.

The restaurant also holds fundraisers for a variety of other community organizations, helping fight against cancer, champion suicide prevention and place service dogs with veterans.

So for those reasons, News 3 presented the restaurant with a People Taking Action award along with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.

Grando said the restaurant will use it to help the community even further.